When you look back on the amazing boxing career of Mike Tyson, a fight against Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota in the early 00’s will stand out as one of the strange ones.


After returning from a 15 month ban related to biting Evander Holyfield, ‘Iron Mike’ was on a winning streak at the time.

In reality he had defeated Orlin Norris, Julius Francis and Lou Savarese in fairly straight forward fashion going into his highly awaited fight against Golata.

It was expected to be another easy win for Tyson in Michigan’s The Palace Arena and in the early stages he did not disappoint, winning in the opening round.

Golata’s trainer, Al Certo, apologised for calling his fighter a “quitter” after the bout.

“I made several comments criticizing my fighter, Andrew Golota, for his decision to not answer the bell for round three,” Al Certo said in a statement.

“At the time of the stoppage I was unaware of how injured my fighter was.”

“It has now come to my attention that Andrew suffered several injuries. Obviously, a fighter’s health takes priority over continuing a boxing match.”