Much Ado About Nothing: The Return of Andrew Golota
By Nate Nall-March 20, 2007
Apparently, former heavyweight contender Andrew Golota, 38-6-1, 31 KO’s, is planning a return to the sport of boxing despite having never made his presence known the first go-round. For years Golota served as the fighter on which everyone else cut their teeth. If you were sub par and had no business inside the ring in the first place, Golota was your judge, jury, and executioner. With 38 total victories, only 7 came via decision. The remaining 31 were crushing knockouts or referee/corner stoppages. However, if you were championship material, Golota represented soft opposition with a marketable name, essentially an easy victory to pad your record.
Golota deserves respect and reverence for his accomplishments, as does any fighter with the nuggets to lace up and step up. However, I cannot understand how Golota became such a sanctuary in the sport. Two or so years ago, I saw a reputable, and I thought knowledgeable, sports writer list Golota as being #18 in a Top 20 Heavyweights of All Time listing. Golota was definitely a top 10% fighter, but to say that Golota’s rightful place in nestled among the likes of Riddick Bowe, Jack Dempsey, and Jersey Joe Walcott is absurd.
Now I don’t want this to turn into a Golota bashing....