History | Jan 05 2018

On This Day: Unfathomable heavyweight Andrew Golota born in 1968

Matt Christie examines the madness of Andrew Golota on the Pole's 50th birthday
Andrew Golota
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1. ANDREW GOLOTA, born January 5 1968, concluded his largely successful amateur career (111 wins) in 1988 by claiming a heavyweight bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics. Despite needing to shift five pounds in order to make the heavyweight limit upon his arrival, Golota would later describe the cafeteria in the athletes’ village as one of his fondest memories of the Games. “It was the best cafeteria I have ever seen,” he said 20 years later. “They had everything there.”

2. THAT bronze was supposed to provide the full stop on his boxing career. In 1990 he married an American girl and they set up home in Chicago. His wife soon gave birth to their baby daughter and Golota trained to be a truck driver, passed his tests, and started to look for work. In the meantime, he started boxing again in a Chicago gym. Onlookers were impressed with Golota’s skill and the bruiser was soon offered a professional contract.

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