Lennox Lewis vs. Andrew Golota
1997-10-04 : Lennox Lewis 244 lbs beat Andrew Golota 244 lbs by KO at 1:35 in round 1 of 12
- Location: Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Joe Cortez
- Judge: Marty Denkin
- Judge: Chuck Hassett
- Judge: Barbara Perez
- Lewis was guaranteed $4 million and Golota $1.75 million.
- Lewis was a 6-5 favorite.
- There was a crowd of 13,889 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
- The fight generated about 300,000 pay-per-view buys.
- Sports Illustrated reported:
- Lewis forced his foe into a neutral corner and in a series of eight punches, beginning with a tremendous overhand right, drove Golota to the canvas. Golota sprang back up, grimacing as if fighting for air, and immediately lurched across the ring toward Lewis until the referee stopped him and gave him a very generous eight count. Then Lewis maneuvered Golota into another corner and pounded him down to the canvas again, with Golota going into a crouch and then crumpling to the floor.
- Golota was injected with lidocaine, a powerful painkiller, before the bout in an attempt to stave off knee pain.
- After the bout, Golota had a seizure and required resuscitation on the way to the hospital.
- Golota was fined $5,000 for allowing the lidocaine injection.
- Golota filed a $21 million lawsuit against the doctor who administered the shot. The case was settled out of court for around $1 million.
- "I don't understand. I will destroy him," said Golota regarding his pre-fight thoughts.
- "I wanted to get rid of all of the misfits and this was the last misfit," Lewis said of Golota after the fight.
- "There was too much pressure. I was nervous," Golota said about his performance against Lewis.
- "He froze," said Lou Duva, Golota's trainer, of his fighter after the fight.