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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | July 12, 1996
NEW YORK -- One of the ugliest, most violent riots in boxing history erupted at Madison Square Garden last night after former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe won by disqualification at 2: 33 of the seventh round over previously unbeaten Andrew Golota.The Polish native had points deducted for low blows in the fourth and sixth rounds and another in the seventh before the fight was stopped after a fourth low blow.A 10-1 underdog, Golota had out-fought Bowe in every round before the shocking ending ignited a series of fights in and out of the ring.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | November 15, 2004
THE GREAT SHOWMAN P.T. Barnum is widely credited with the cynical assertion that there is a sucker born every minute, and I could not agree with that sentiment more ... especially after shelling out $44.95 to watch Saturday night's pay-per-view boxing extravaganza from Madison Square Garden. I could have bought a new jogger's watch (yeah, right) or paid two days of my daughter's cell phone bill or spent a half-hour excitedly scratching that gray rubbery stuff off a few dozen Maryland Lottery instant non-winners, but I couldn't resist the siren call of The Night of the Mediocre Heavyweights.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1996
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- When a disconsolate Andrew Golota returned to his dressing room early yesterday morning after a ninth-round disqualification again cost him an apparent victory over former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, he started pounding his head in anguish."
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By Michael Hirsley and Michael Hirsley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 30, 2003
CHICAGO - Riddick Bowe was dubbed "Big Daddy" as he ascended to the throne of world heavyweight champion, but both parts of that nickname went sour. His weight was always a problem. And he has just begun an 18-month prison sentence for the 1998 abduction of his estranged wife and children. As a fighter and as a champion, Bowe ballooned in weight between bouts, struggled to get into fighting shape and quickly lost his title and his fighting edge. He was 40-1 with 32 knockouts and won his last two bouts, but he was hit hard and often in both.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1996
Negotiations for a heavyweight rematch between Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota are in full swing, even while attorneys continue trying to settle the issues of fines and license suspensions resulting from the post-fight riot that marred their bout at Madison Square Garden on July 11.As a result of the riot, five persons identified as friends or relatives of Bowe were arrested and face hearings.Bowe's promoter-manager, Rock Newman, was accused by the New York Athletic Commission of helping to fuel the melee that resulted in numerous injuries in and out of the ring.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1997
ATLANTIC CITY -- Dismissed as a "cheese champion" by critics who said he had never won a meaningful fight, England's Lennox Lewis proved himself worthy of the heavyweight crown last night with a devastating 95-second knockout of Poland's Andrew Golota at Convention Hall.Referee Joe Cortez said Golota had suffered a seizure in his dressing room after being knocked out in the first round of the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship bout. He was removed from the Convention Hall on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the Atlantic City Medical Center.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
ATLANTIC CITY -- Emanuel Steward has never been the type of trainer to massage a fighter's ego by telling him what he wants to hear.In fact, Steward has been brutally honest in his relationship with World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, daring the Brit to be great in his title match with Polish strongboy Andrew Golota at Convention Hall on Saturday night."
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2000
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Frank Garza's job handling jet fuel, kerosene and oil for Buckeye Pipeline in Michigan can be a potentially hazardous one, "but I've had 26 years without an incident or work-related injury," he said. Garza, 48, said his permanent job parallels the one he will tackle tomorrow night as the third man in the ring when Mike Tyson and Andrew Golota, known as two of boxing's dirtiest heavyweights, go after each other in a 10-round, non-title fight. The unpredictable Tyson (48-3, 42 knockouts)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2000
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Perhaps the question going into Friday night's Mike Tyson-Andrew Golota 10-round, non-title heavyweight bout should not have been who was going to win, but who was going to self-destruct. Both fighters entered with reputations not only as two of boxing's dirtiest performers, but also as two of its most mentally troubled. It figured that if the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Golota could frustrate Tyson, cause him to commit a foul, he could win a fight that went past five rounds.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1996
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Who is heavyweight contender Andrew Golota?Is he a fugitive from Poland who fled his native country after being charged with assault and battery in a barroom brawl?Or is Golota, recently the subject of a six-page article in the Polish version of Playboy, his country's new folk hero?Is he the anything-goes brawler who bit Samson Po'hua in the neck, head-butted Dannell Nicholson and hit Riddick Bowe below the belt often enough to be disqualified in the seventh round on July 11?
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2000
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Perhaps the question going into Friday night's Mike Tyson-Andrew Golota 10-round, non-title heavyweight bout should not have been who was going to win, but who was going to self-destruct. Both fighters entered with reputations not only as two of boxing's dirtiest performers, but also as two of its most mentally troubled. It figured that if the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Golota could frustrate Tyson, cause him to commit a foul, he could win a fight that went past five rounds.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 20, 2000
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - On Wednesday, moments after a crisp, sparring workout before the assembled media at Detroit's historic Brewster Wheeler Center, heavyweight Mike Tyson sat down at ringside next to a little girl and playfully peered through a magnifying glass she offered him. A few minutes later, Tyson cursed and ripped the media, which he says have unfairly held his personal and professional life under a magnifying glass and broadcast it to the...
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2000
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Frank Garza's job handling jet fuel, kerosene and oil for Buckeye Pipeline in Michigan can be a potentially hazardous one, "but I've had 26 years without an incident or work-related injury," he said. Garza, 48, said his permanent job parallels the one he will tackle tomorrow night as the third man in the ring when Mike Tyson and Andrew Golota, known as two of boxing's dirtiest heavyweights, go after each other in a 10-round, non-title fight. The unpredictable Tyson (48-3, 42 knockouts)
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1998
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, claiming he was "bored to death," said last night he is contemplating a ring comeback.Bowe, 30, who lives in Fort Washington, Md., retired after his rematch with Andrew Golota in December 1996.Both fights with Golota ended with Bowe writhing on the floor in agony but declared the winner when the Polish fighter was disqualified for repeatedly fouling. Each time, Golota was winning the fight convincingly when the referee intervened.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1997
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- For the brief period he has owned a piece of the fragmented heavyweight title, Lennox Lewis had gotten no respect. Not in his English homeland, and even less from boxing critics on this side of the Atlantic.But all that changed in 95 electrifying seconds at Convention Hall Saturday night, when Lewis stopped Andrew Golota in successfully defending his World Boxing Council crown.Now everyone is jumping aboard the Lewis bandwagon, wanting a piece of the 32-year-old champion who may have the explosive punching power to resurrect a near-moribund heavyweight division, which is searching for another Mike Tyson.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1997
ATLANTIC CITY -- Dismissed as a "cheese champion" by critics who said he had never won a meaningful fight, England's Lennox Lewis proved himself worthy of the heavyweight crown last night with a devastating 95-second knockout of Poland's Andrew Golota at Convention Hall.Referee Joe Cortez said Golota had suffered a seizure in his dressing room after being knocked out in the first round of the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship bout. He was removed from the Convention Hall on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the Atlantic City Medical Center.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1996
Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, preparing for a rematch with Andrew Golota, has accused his rival of using steroids in their first riot-marred fight at Madison Square Garden last July."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1996
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Incredible.It was the only way to describe the repeat performance in the Riddick Bowe-Andrew Golota heavyweight rematch at the Convention Center last night, with Golota, winning the fight on all three judges' cards, again disqualified for repeated illegal tactics.This time it ended at 2: 58 of the ninth round of a spectacular fight in which Bowe was floored in the second and the fifth rounds and constantly in trouble, while Golota was dropped in the fourth.The only thing missing in the deja vu rematch was the riot that followed the first fight last July when Golota was disqualified in the seventh round.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1997
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Asked if he is concerned about Lennox Lewis risking his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against Polish roughneck Andrew Golota tonight, Lewis' manager, Frank Maloney, laughed aloud."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | October 3, 1997
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Andrew Golota has heard all the jokes ad infinitum.Writers christened the Warsaw, Poland, native "Foul Pole" after his consecutive disqualifications against Riddick Bowe for repeatedly hitting below the belt. It was suggested Golota preferred the South Pole to the North Pole when unleashing his body punches.In preparing Golota for his title match tomorrow night with World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, manager and co-trainer Lou Duva decked out a heavy punching bag with a pair of oversized boxing trunks bearing a large "X" on the beltline.
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