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Monday, 25 February 2013 07:35

Andrew Golota Silenced by Przemyslaw Saleta in Violent Slugfest

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On Sunday, in front of over 14,000 fans in in ERGO Arena in Gdańsk (Poland), former top 10 heavyweight Andrew Golota (41-9-1, 33 KO) was knocked out by fellow Pole and former Euro-champ Przemyslaw Saleta (43-7, 22 KO) in the 6th Round of a scheduled ten round affair.
The bout was billed as the last for both Polish fight legends.

(Golota vs Saleta video Highlights below)

Andrew Golota, 45, 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.

After being knocked out in Round 1 by Lamon Brewster in 2005, Golota faded out of the heavyweight picture and eventually called it quits after being stopped in back-to-back bouts against Ray Austin and Tomasz Adamek in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Przemyslaw Saleta is a former European Heavyweight Champion who, unlike Golota, never rose to international prominence but is considered a Polish fight legend nonetheless.  

Przemyslaw, who turned pro in 1991, won the European Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Luan Krasniqi in 2002. However, he'd lose the title later that year after being stopped by Sinan Samil Sam.

And three years later, Saleta would be KO'd by former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall.

Golota vs Saleta was Andrew's first fight in nearly three and a half years and the 46 year old Saleta's first since 2006.

So this bout, featuring two past-their-prime fighters whose combined age is 91, must have been a snoozer, right?

WRONG!

Andrew Golota and Przemyslaw Saleta rocked the house yesterday, providing spectators with action, intrigue and brutality.


Over 100 power punches landed in just under six rounds and it was give-and-take throughout with both Polish stars firing away. And then, in Round 6, Saleta dropped his more-celebrated, more-accomplished foe with a series of punches. Badly hurt, Golota, who was bleeding from the nose, failed to beat the count.

Despite having been deducted a point in the fourth after losing his mouthpiece, Golota was winning on all three scorecards, 49-48 and 49-47 twice.

Golota also had a point taken away in Round 6 for the same violation.

According to reports, the fight card was a huge PPV success in Poland.

And perhaps just as important, Andrew Golota and Przemyslaw Saleta exited the sport by spoiling fans with a Polish classic.
 

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