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Don't discredit Golota

Golota was in his prime between 1995-1999. He showed that he was a dirty fighter vs. Riddick Bowe after being disqualified for low blows in both their meetings; the second time in stupefying fashion after a combination of punches way below the belt, appearing as if it was on purpose. He then added more of the wrong flare to his resume when he quit in tough fights against Michael Grant and Mike Tyson, showing no heart at all. Golota has taken us on a thirteen-year long boxing journey (1996-2009), with his latest outing being a defeat to also-Polish Tomasz Adamek via a 5th round stoppage in the "Polish Fight of the Century." This said, it is his durability that has kept him in the game long and it's been to his benefit. Many of you might be saying, "what are you talking about?" Well, I'm saying that there is, believe it or not, good news that has come out of the Golota story. The Pole redeemed himself for the first unfortunate Bowe bout by fighting then-IBF heavyweight titleholder Chris Byrd respectably to a draw at New York's Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena, and the site of the "infamous" first fight with Bowe which ensued a riot. Three and a half years later he got redemption for the second also-unfortunate Bowe battle by stopping former Irish Heavyweight Champion Kevin McBride by a 6th round TKO. For the two aforementioned fights in which he quit, Golota made a redeemer out of himself again by decisioning heavy-handed Mike Mollo after 12 rounds in a very entertaining slugfest. In this bout Golota had a cut over his left eye for most of the contest but still fought on craftily. He also took some no joke shots from his opponent but still stayed in there and showed heart. Some say that Golota-Mollo was the best heavyweight fight of 2008. The people who still call Golota a bum to this day are mistaking, because he came back after quits and embarrassments and tried to do good. Even in his last bout with Adamek, he fought back even in that last 5th round before referee Bill Clancy finally halted it. So if he were to retire today, his career wouldn't look as bad as it would if he retired for good after the Tyson fight.    

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