November 21, 1999
On Saturday, November 20, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Michael
Grant (31-0, 22KOs) failed to impress in the most stern test of his career.
Grant. Who was floored twice in the first round and simply out-classed
through out, came from behind to defeat Andrew Golota (34-4, 28KOs) in one of
the most bizarre finishes in recent boxing history. Nonetheless, the victory
places Grant in line for an opportunity to challenge Lennox Lewis for the
World Heavyweight Championship.
Grant-Golota, promoted by Main Events Monitor, was televised live on HBO's
"World Championship Boxing."
Grant, who is advertised as the future heavyweight champion, was unimpressive
and showed nothing that would urge fight fans to want to pay and see him
fight Lewis, who last weekend defeated Evander Holyfield to capture the
Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship.
However, Grant pulled himself together and came through with the victory.
Having been floored twice in the first round and trailing terribly on the
judges scorecards, Grant arose to the occasion when a single, straight-right
in between Golota's guard buckled his while he was trying to retain his
Grant followed with an accumulation of left and right hooks to Golota's chin
that forced the Polish wonder to roll onto the canvas. Golota, who returned
to his feet by referee's Randy Neuman count of 10, was asked whether if he
wanted to continue.
Golota simply said no, despite the reality that he was easily winning another
fight he should have never lost.
In 1996, Golota, well ahead on all three-judges scorecards, was disqualified
in each of his two meetings with former World Champion, Riddick Bowe.
What really damaged Golota's reputation as a creditable fighter was when
Lewis trashed him within 90-seconds in an October 1997 collision.
Grant seemed to have had the bout under control in the early seconds, as his
left-jabs left a cut across Golota's left eye. However, a sharp
straight-right to Grant's chin immediately planted the 6' 7," 250-plus,
pound-fighter on his behind with heavily muscular his back leaning against
the bottom rope.
It was clear, that Grant had completely lost his balance, as his legs were
Moments later, actually within the final 10 seconds of the very first round,
Golota floored Grant again - this time on all fours - following an
accumulation of left and right-hooks inside.
Golota dominated the contest behind straight-rights, as Grant mainly
back-peddled against the ropes.
There were a couple of point deductions, the first coming in the third round
when Golota attempted to hit Grant with a low-blow within the clinch.
During the opening seconds of the fourth, the point Golota lost was returned
when Grant was docked a point for hitting low. Golota continued to dominate
by coming forward, stalking Grant against the ropes with powered shots,
Even in the eighth, Golota was warned for head-butting Grant on his left
Grant, hyped as the "Next Great Heavyweight of the Millennium," showed
nothing. Lou Savarese, Ahmad Abdin, Al Cole, and Jorge Luis Gonzalez posed no
threat, nor challenge for Grant. Golota was simply running through Grant's
well-sculptured size and stature.
Grant is simply not ready for primetime. At least not against Lewis;
definitely not Mike Tyson.
As for Golota, he proved that he is a creditable fighter, but still does not
understand the nature of the fight game. That's a shame because, his
misinterpretation of the rules and guidelines of boxing, as cost him millions
of dollars during his career. If Golota did not understand three years ago
following his two disqualification finishes against Bowe, what would make
members of his camp believe that he ever will.
Tyson beats both Grant and Lewis - easily!