Considered by many to be a good boxer with bad manners, the 6-foot-4 Polish-born heavyweight was nicknamed by some critics as the “Foul Pole”.
On May 21 when Golota (38-5-1, 31 KOs) stepped into the ring at the United Center to fight “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (31-2,27 KOs), who held the World Boxing Organization’s heavyweight championship at the time.
It was the first time since 1981 that a heavyweight title bout has been fought in Chicago.
Golota, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, started boxing at the age of 13. He developed a tough but dirty reputation as a fighter who was prone to head butts and low blows. During one fight in 1995, he bit Samson Po’uha in the shoulder and went on to win a fifth round TKO.
In 1996, he fought Riddick Bowe for the championship twice and was disqualified for hitting below the belt both times.
Bowe, 49, was a deadly fighter in the heavyweight division, having 43 wins in his professional career and only 1 loss. Of those 43 wins, 33 came from knock out.
Speaking in the aftermath of the fight, Lamon Brewster recalled the emotions he felt coming into the ring.
“Chicago has the largest Polish population in America and Golota was trying to get brave and bully me. He tried to jump me before the fight, and then during the ringwalk his fans were spitting on me. I was so mad. So angry. I actually wanted to murder the guy.”
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