He was pumping the jab in his opponent's face. He was slipping punches. He was landing crunching right hands and jarring left hooks. He was pounding
the body and banging the head. All of it was expected. When Andrew Golota fought Riddick Bowe for the first time in July 1996, this is exactly what
the boxing public and the media expected to see: a one sided boxing exhibition. However, what they didn't expect was that Golota would be the fighter
giving the exhibition.
Although the boxing record books will forever list Bowe-Golota I, as well as Bowe-Golota II, as a "disqualification loss" for Golota, Andrew couldn't
have emerged a bigger winner. Everyone who watched both of those bouts knew one thing: Golota outboxed, outslugged, and outclassed a man once
considered the best heavyweight in the world.
In their first meeting Golota won five of the first six rounds on the judges' scorecards. With 30 seconds to go in round seven, it was clear that he
had that round locked up also. Unfortunately, Golota had already been penalized three points for low blows and had been warned for several punches
that were clearly on the belt-line. Just as Bowe was landing a low blow of his own, the referee decided to disqualify Golota for an errant low blow.
It was a foul-plagued bout with Bowe landing at least a half-dozen punches to the back of Golota's head, not to mention his shoving Golota after the
bell sounded to end round five as Golota walked back to his corner. Despite his tactics Bowe was never penalized; nevertheless, it didn't matter
because nothing could overshadow or detract from Golota's performance.
In their second bout Golota, once again, dominated Riddick Bowe from the opening bell. In the second round, a right hand from Golota put Bowe down for
the first time in the bout. In round five, Bowe again found himself in an unfamiliar position--lying on the canvas. Somehow, he managed to survive the
round. Golota continued to pound Bowe for the next three rounds, but in round nine--when his punches strayed low--he was disqualified again.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Golota started boxing at the age of 13. Included in his 111 amateur victories were seven Polish National Championships, a
silver medal at the 1985 World Junior Championships, a gold medal at the 1986 European Championships and a bronze medal at the 1987 European
Championships. In 1988, Golota put an exclamation point on a sensational amateur career by winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul,
In 1991, Golota and his wife, Mariola, moved from Poland to Chicago--the city that she has lived in since the age of nine. While contemplating a
career as a truck driver, Golota was referred to the Windy City Gym by Dick Trindle, a U.S. Customs Agent and amateur boxing official who handled
Golota's immigration. Chicago businessman and Windy City Gym owner Bob O'Donnell took a strong interest in Golota. Although Golota did not speak
English, the two managed to communicate until Golota began studying English with a tutor.
In Golota's professional debut in February, 1992, he dismantled Roosevelt Shuler in less than nine minutes. During the nearly three rounds of action,
Golota proved that he had the natural ability and the raw power to possibly dominate the heavyweight division.
After running his record to 10-0 with 8 knockouts, Golota decided to join forces with the training team of Lou Duva and Roger Bloodworth. Under the
guidance of Duva and Bloodworth, the 6-foot-4 inch, 240 pound strongman abandoned his "straight-up European style." "Golota had so much natural
athleticism that it was easy for him to adapt to more of a pro style," Duva reminisced.
Despite compiling an impressive record of 23-0, 19 KO's in just three years of professional boxing, Golota's detractors criticized the quality of his
opposition. On May 16, 1995, Golota faced Samson Po'Uha, who at 290 pounds was considered one of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight division. In
a wild give-and-take brawl, Golota and Po'Uha exchanged violent blows in the middle of the ring. In the end--which came in the fifth round--Golota's
strength overwhelmed the Samoan giant. For his efforts Po'Uha earned five trips to the canvas while Golota proved to his critics that he was ready,
willing and able to rumble with any heavyweight on the planet.
In March, 1996, Golota made his HBO main event debut on the "Night of the Young Heavyweights" card. Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward's bright young
protege Donnell Nicholson had the misfortune of being in the ring that night with Golota. With nearly 3,500 Polish fans chanting, "Andrej! Andrej!,"
Golota battered Nicholson for eight rounds until the fight was mercifully stopped. His dominating victory extended his unbeaten record to 28-0, 25
KO's and set up the July showdown with Bowe.
Since that controversial fight Golota's stock has risen dramatically and so has his popularity outside of the ring. Following appearances on late
night talk shows and on virtually every major television sports show, Golota read for the role of Slashchev in the motion picture remake of "Day of
the Jackal," starring fellow heavyweights Richard Gere and Bruce Willis. In addition, he was offered a small part in an episode of the daytime soap,
After suffering a disappointing knockout loss to WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on October 4, 1997 (TKOby 1), Golota rebounded on April 14,
1998 to stop Eli Dixon in round six with a crippling body blow (TKO 6).
On July 21, 1998, Golota thrust himself back into the heavyweight title picture with a 10 round pummelling of Corey Sanders (W 10). Golota repeatedly
rocked Sanders throughout the bout, nearly stopping the courageous challenger in round two after opening a huge gash above his left eye midway through
the round. The gash later required 28-stitches. In what was clearly Golota's best performance since Bowe-Golota II, Golota crippled Sanders with three
and four punch combinations, and utilized superior ring generalship to dominate the bout. The fight, which was broadcast live on USA's "Tuesday Night
Fights," brought the boxing program its highest television rating in two years.
Following his victory over Sanders, Golota traveled to Wroclaw, Poland to box for the first time in his homeland since turning pro in February,
On October 2, 1998, in front of a frenzied Polish crowd, Golota dominated Tim Witherspoon to capture a unanimous decision (W 10). Golota's superior
jab frustrated Witherspoon, while his crisp combinations punished the former two-time heavyweight champion. Following the bout "Terrible" Tim
expressed respect for Golota: "Andrew is the strongest fighter that I've ever fought. The right hand that he hit me with in the eighth round was the
hardest punch that I've ever been hit with."
On January 30, 1999, Golota outboxed Jesse "Boogieman" Ferguson to capture a unanimous decision on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" program (W 10). Golota
landed slicing combinations at will, opening cuts over both of Ferguson's eyes and leaving the tough veteran's face swollen and bruised. The victory
left many at ringside anticipating a Golota-Tyson showdown.
On June 26, 1999, Golota trounced Quinn Navarre in six rounds (TKO 6). The Polish native bombarded Navarre in round five with a battery of left hooks
and overhand rights, staggering the tough challenger and nearly stopping him before the bell sounded ending the round. Navarre answered the bell for
round six, but was sent reeling again thanks to two hard rights and a crushing left hook that forced him to turn his back to referee Steve Smogger in
a gesture of surrender. The victory was Golota's sixth straight.
Four months later on November 20, 1999, Golota was stopped in 10 rounds by NABF heavyweight champion Michael Grant (TKOby 10). Golota dominated the
majority of the bout, flooring Grant twice in round one on his way to building a five-point lead under the newly installed majority scoring system.
However, midway through round 10, Grant dropped Golota with a crushing overhand right followed by a flurry of more than 10 punches. Golota rose to his
feet quickly at the count of two, but elected not to continue, believing that he was hopelessly behind on the judges' scorecards.
Golota's most recent fight took place in Guangzhou, China on April 22, 2000. It was the featured bout in a SHOWTIME tripleheader - the first fight
card from China to be nationally televised for an American audience. Golota floored Marcus Rhode four times to earn a third round stoppage (TKO 3).
Golota battered Rhode in rounds two and three, nearly knocking the St. Joe, Missouri native out of the ring on one occasion.
Alias: Andrzej Golota
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Date of Birth: 1968-01-05
Height: 6' 4
Trainer: Sam Colonna
Andrew Golota Career Record
38 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 No Contest, 31 Knockouts
2/7 -- Roosevelt Shuler, Milwaukee, WI -- TKO 3
2/28 -- Joe Jones, Countryside, IL -- KO 1
3/27 -- Charles Presswood, Countryside, IL -- KO 1
6/20 -- Joey Christjohn, Chicago, IL -- TKO 1
7/24 -- Robert Smith, Countryside, IL -- W 6
8/28 -- James Holley, Countryside, IL -- KO 1
10/3 -- Aaron Brown, Chicago, IL -- TKO 2
12/5 -- Ed Taylor, Dolton, IL -- TKO 1
2/5 -- Andre Crowder, Milwaukee, WI -- TKO 1
3/26 -- Bobby Crabtree, Countryside, IL -- TKO 2
5/15 -- K.P. Porter, Milwaukee, WI -- KO 3
6/22 -- Carlton West, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 2
7/10 -- Marion Wilson, Bushkill, PA -- W 8
9/4 -- Andre Smith, Las Vegas, NV -- KO 1
11/23 -- Calvin Jones, Rosemont, IL -- TKO 2
1/14 -- Donnell Wingfield, Mundeleigh, IL -- TKO 1
3/16 -- Larry Davis, Chicago, IL -- KO 1
5/6 -- Terry Davis, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 1
6/18 -- Jesse Shelby, Chicago, IL -- TKO 2
8/13 -- Jeff Lampkin, Las Vegas, NV -- TKO 1
11/1 -- Darren Hayden, Las Vegas, NV -- TKO 7
1/26 -- Dwayne Hall, Rosemont, IL -- TKO 1
4/11 -- Marion Wilson, Chicago, IL -- W 10
5/16 -- Samson Po'uha, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 5
8/26 -- West Turner, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 1
11/18 -- Jason Waller, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 2
1/30 -- Charles Hostetter, Lyndhurst, NJ -- TKO 2
3/15 -- Donnell Nicholson, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 8
7/11 -- Riddick Bowe, New York, NY -- L by DQ 7
12/14 -- Riddick Bowe, Atlantic City, NJ -- L by DQ 9
10/4 -- Lennox Lewis, Atlantic City, NJ -- L by TKO 1
(For WBC heavyweight title)
4/14 -- Eli Dixon, Ledyard, CT -- KO 6
5/8 -- Jack Basting, Atlantic City, NJ -- TKO 3
7/21 -- Corey Sanders, Atlantic City, NJ -- W 10
10/2 -- Tim Witherspoon, Wroclaw, Poland -- W 10
1/30 -- Jesse Ferguson, Atlantic City, NJ -- W 10
6/26 -- Quinn Navarre, Wroclaw, Poland -- TKO 6
11/20 -- Michael Grant, Atlantic City, NJ -- L by TKO 10
4/22 -- Marcus Rhode, Guangzhou, China -- TKO 3
6/16 -- Orlin Norris, Las Vegas, NV -- W 10
10/20 -- Mike Tyson, Detroit, MI -- No Contest 3
8/14 -- Brian Nix, Dover, DE -- TKO 7
11/14 -- Terrance Lewis, Verona, NY -- TKO 6
1988 Heavyweight Olympic Bronze Medalist
[Edited on 18-7-2004 by Ocelot]