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Andrzej Golota stages farewell fight in Poland (wideo)

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The popular Andrzej Golota (Andrew Golota) staged his 'farewell' fight in Poland tonight, stepping into the boxing ring for the final time against 46 year old Danell Nicholson (42-5, 32 KOs), an old foe Andrzej defeated via an 8th Round TKO in 1996.

(Image courtesy of Christopher Paciorek ART )

Tonight's bout was a 4 round exhibition.

A former 1990s top 10 heavyweight, Golota, also 46, is the 'Father of Professional Polish Boxing' and a sports legend in Poland. 

He had an impressive career as an amateur in Europe (111 wins), culminating in a Bronze Medal at the 1988 Olympics.

After marrying in 1990 he immigrated to Chicago where he intended to look for work as a truck driver. However, an immigration official guided him to a gym and Gołoty eventually turned pro in 1992 and became a top-level heavyweight in a decade full of talent in that division.

Gołota is remembered most for his epic 1990s bouts with Tim Witherspoon, Riddick Bowe and Lennox Lewis as well as subsequent fights with Michael Grant, Mike Tyson, Chris Byrd and John Ruiz in the early 2000s.

Andrzej Gołota (Andrew Golota) facts
  • 0-3-1 (0 KO) record in world title bouts
  • Record of 2-6-1 (0 KO) against former or current world titlists.
  • Defeated Tim Witherspoon and Orlin Norris
  • Lost against Riddick Bowe (DQ twice), Lennox Lewis, John Ruiz, Lamon Brewster, Tomasz Adamek.
  • Was decisively defeating Bowe in both fights before getting disqualified for low blows
  • Drew against Chris Byrd
  • Refused to come out for Round 3 against Mike Tyson in 2000; TKO was changed to a No Contest after Mike
  • tested positive for marijuana
  • The two Bowe-Golota fights were part of HBO's 2003 award-winning documentary series "Legendary Nights."
  • Andrzeja Gołoty (Andrew Golota) remains very popular in his native Poland.
Andrzeja Goloty vs Nicholson podkreśla wideo


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