1. CLUES about leading heavyweight contender Andrew Golota’s state of mind were not hard to find before he challenged world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on October 4, 1997. The two bouts that created the Pole’s chance were disqualification losses to Riddick Bowe. On both occasions Golota, bossing the former champion impressively, hijacked victory by fouling incessantly with hacks below the beltline.
2. GOLOTA, largely unknown before the Bowe fights, was supposed to then fight slugger Ray Mercer only for the fight to be cancelled as a result of a neck injury to the 1988 Olympic champion.
3. LEWIS was struggling for respect coming into the fight. He emerged from a maul-fest with Henry Akinwande via disqualification three months before, and his failure to definitively put away an emotionally challenged Oliver McCall prior to that did not go down well with boxing fans.