Ten years ago today, a U.S heavyweight who is best remembered these days for being the last man to defeat the mighty Wladimir Klitschko, scored one of his most ruthless and impressive wins. In Chicago, “Relentless” Lamon Brewster, defending his WBO heavyweight strap, annihilated troubled Pole Andrew Golota inside a single minute of action.
Some interesting facts about the fight:
31-year-old Brewster was sporting a 31-2 record and he was making the second defence of the WBO title he had won by stopping Klitschko in shocking fashion the previous April. Golota was 37-years-old and his record read 38-5-1. The shot at Brewster was generally seen as Golota’s last chance at winning a title and of him living up to his earlier potential. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: We may have seen the end of Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota’s career tonight with him losing Przemyslaw Saleta (44-7. 22 KO’s) by a 6th round knockout in a battle of rusty, aging Polish heavyweights at the Ergo Arena, Plac Dwóch Miast 1, 80-344 Gdańsk, Gdansk, Poland.
The 44-year-old Saleta, fighting for the first time since 2006, unloaded with a storm of shots in the 6th round that ended with the 44-year-old Golota hitting the canvas. The fight was then stopped by referee Leszek Jankowiak.
At this point it’s unknown if Golota will retire, but it’s difficult to imagine what he can hope to accomplish. If he can’t beat a fighter coming off of a seven-year layoff like Saleta then what are his chances against a younger more relevant heavyweight? Continue reading
by Geoffrey Ciani – Andrew Golota is a poster boy for unfulfilled potential in boxing. His unique adventures through the heavyweight rankings were interesting, unpredictable, and sometimes downright bizarre—and apparently his journey is not yet finished. This Saturday, 45 year old Golota (41-8-1, 33 KOs) will step inside the squared circle for the first time in more than three years when he is pitted against fellow Pole, Przemyslaw Saleta (43-7, 21 KOs). Saleta himself turns 45 this March and has not seen action in over seven years, effectively rendering this into a pick’em fight between two old war horses both absent from the battlefield for quite some time.
The boxing history books will show that Golota was unsuccessful in four bids for portions of the heavyweight crown, one against each of the four major sanctioning alphabet organizations. These were bookended by devastating first round knockout losses at the hands of Lennox Lewis (WBC) in October 1997 and Lamon Brewster (WBO) in May 2005. In between he had a solid showing in a twelve round draw against Christ Byrd (IBF) in April 2004, and followed that up with a good account of himself in a somewhat controversial loss against John Ruiz (WBA) that November. Even though he failed to secure a title belt in ‘04, many observers felt that Golota did well enough to deserve a victory in both contests. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: 45-year-old Andrew Golota (41-8-1, 33 KO’s) will be making a comeback on February 23rd next month against 44-year-old Przemyslaw Saleta (43-7, 21 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Ergo Arena, in Place Dwoch Miast 1, 80-344, Gdansk, in Poland. This is a fight between two ring rusty fighters. Continue reading
By BoxingBet.pl: Former Polish heavyweight contender and four-time world title challenger Andrew Golota explained why he decided to fight Riddick Bowe under pro-wrestling rules. The fight between the two dubbed “Unfinished Business” will go down on November 3rd at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Continue reading
“In every Tyson fight you could feel the electricity in the air” – Tom Casino
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani – I recently had the opportunity to have a very nice discussion with one of the best boxing photographers in the business, Tom Casino (pictured alongside Mike Tyson circa 1985). A master of his craft, Casino has captured the imagination of boxing fans for almost thirty years, bringing the action up close and personal while freezing single moments that shall forever live on in the annals of boxing history. Casino spoke about his experiences as a photographer and also shared some of his views as a fan. At the conclusion of the transcript, Tom has provided readers with an inside look of some of his work over the years, including images of Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Carl Froch, James Toney, and more! Here is a complete transcript from the interview.
GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello everyone. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing, and I am joined here today by one of the elite photographers in all of professional boxing, Tom Casino. How’s everything going today, Tom?
TOM CASINO: Very nice Geoff, thank you, and I appreciate that introduction. It was very nice of you.