Date: 20 November 1999
Venue: Etess Arena, Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Referee: Randy Neumann
In the aftermath of Holyfield-Lewis II, Michael Grant remained most boxing experts consensus pick to be Champion Lennox Lennox’s next challenger and the heir apparent to the heavyweight throne. Since dispatching Jorge Luis Gonzalez and David Izon, he had stopped Obed Sullivan and Ahmed Abdin, before winning a ten-round unanimous decision over Lou Saverese. Powerful and polished, he seemed a ready-made superstar, a step ahead of the likes of Tua, Rahman, Byrd and Maskaev. Now he faced his toughest test yet against a resurgent Golota, who was in the process of rebuilding his shattered reputation after the chaos of his fights against Bowe and Lewis. Everyone knew about his talents and power, but could he keep his cool on the big stage this time?
It would prove to be a dramatic night in Atlantic City. But when looking back on it wasn’t it dramatic one way or another every time Golota stepped in a ring? Click this link to watch the entire fight from ur archives.