Photos © Wray Edwards / ESB — On February 23, 2013, Polish heavyweight Przemyslaw Saleta (44-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring after a six-year absence to knockout Chicago’s favorite Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota (41-9-1, 33 KOs) in the sixth round in front of more than 14,000 fans in Poland.
Immediately after the knockout, former Heavyweight Champion and fellow Chicagoan Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) called his management team and wanted the following statement circulated:
“I’d gladly knock Saleta out again. And this time, it won’t be by TKO in the fourth, and it won’t be in Chicago. This time, I’ll go to Poland and knock Saleta out cold before the fourth in his hometown. You don’t mess with Chicago fighters.” 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