Urban legend states you are never more than ten yards from a rat when in London. If you frequent some of the fast food establishments I have you could probably reduced that by 50% with some confidence. There is also an Internet phenomenon and modern day parlour game which believes nobody in movie history is more than six steps removed from actor Kevin Bacon.
I have a new legend or game to bring to the world’s consciousness. It’s got a working title of “The Andrew Golota is never more than one win from a world-title shot” game. Catchy huh?
Victory over mediocre American Mike Mollo, extends Golota’s latest winning run to 3. An absorbing contest, well pictures suggest Golota’s left eye absorbed plenty at least, reintroduced Golota to those who may have forgotten his four previous attempts at the title. I’m no historian, but I doubt any heavyweight has had more unsuccessful challenges for the title, Frank Bruno – the last perennial loser of note – claimed the WBC version at the fourth attempt. Golota has already lost to Lennox Lewis, Chris Byrd, Lamon Brewster and John Ruiz. His draw with Byrd, the closest he’s come to claiming the crown thus far. In the present heavyweight division, a land of retreads and recycled fighters, he may yet secure a fifth opportunity.
Of course, it his two defeats to Riddick Bowe back in 1996 on which much of the lasting public interest and renown is built. Famous for the fact he was winning both contests before sinking in too many low blows and being disqualified, the memory of the first fight lived even longer in the memory as the disqualification caused an ugly and prolonged riot in which several attendant figures were injured including Golota. The giant Pole requiring stitches to close a head wound inflicted by one of Bowe’s entourage wielding, of all things, a two way radio.
Misadventure is never far away with Andrew Golota. And it is in part because of the voyeurism his past demeanours engenders that he remains a leading contender, although to demean him as merely a ‘name’ would be to overlook his enormous boxing ability. Golota may have shown mental weakness in the past, but he can fight – as Mike Mollo discovered on Saturday. “I couldn’t believe the number of combinations he threw.” commented Mollo.
For now he is a 41-6-1 (33ko) contender. But I doubt it will be long before he is back centre-stage standing opposite Maskaev, Klitschko, Chagaev or Ibragimov at a press conference.