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Round by Round: Golota Vs. Mollo

The last undercard fight of the night includes two heavyweights and the oldest fighter of tonight's card. 40 year old, Andrew "Foul Pole" Golota faces the 27 year old Mike Mollo.

Round 1: Mollo starts out very hard throwing hard lefts and rights. Golota looks out of shape and slow. Mollo focuses on the body. Golota tries to establish the jab but Mollo's defense looks sound. Late in the round, Golota stops Mollo with a jab.

Spartan117: 10-9 Mollo
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 2: Golota gets into trouble for holding and hitting. Mollo stumbles Golota with a straight upstairs but he comes back hard. Golota looks tired already, but manages to stagger Mollo and Mollo holds on. Golota lands 3 hard shots to Mollo's head. Mollo hangs on till the end of the round.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 3: Golota starts by setting up his hard right with jabs. Both fighters slow down the pace. Golota pressures Mollo into the ropes but does not punish Mollo. Mollo gets a hard shot well after the bell.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota


Round 4: Mollo works harder at the start, but Golota comes right back and lands a straight left and right. Mollo uses more upper body movement than Golota. Mollo lands two hard right hands which stagger Golota. Golota responds with his trademark low blow which goes unnoticed to the ref.

Spartan117: 10-9 Mollo
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 5: Both fighters are tired. Mollo lands a power punch, but Golota stays on the offensive. Mollo takes a few seconds off by backing away. Golota's left eye starts to swell dramatically. Mollo sees this opportunity and turns up the pressure.

Spartan117: 10-9 Mollo
Uatu: 10-9 Golota


Round 6: Golota's left eye continues to swell almost shut. Mollo lands a quick left on a break. Mollo looks tired and starts clinching often. He spends most of the round holding the waist of Golota.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-10

Round 7: Mollo lands a hard right and the audience erupts. Golota not phased. Both fighters continue to clinch. Both fighters look busy, but not accurate. Mollo throwing more down the stretch. Golota throws 3 rights that are all blocked.

Spartan117: 10-9 Mollo
Uatu: 10-9 Mollo

Round 8: Both fighters start off slow. Niether throwing punches. Mollo lands a left which backs Golota. Golota gets busy by throwing many hooks upstairs most of which are blocked. Mollo spends most of time bent forward at the waist, pushing Golota back. Golota throws hooks at the end of the round but Mollo holds on.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 9: Mollo attempts to hold and hit. The fighters get seperated and Mollo establishes the jab. Golota's eye is a bloody mess and is completely swollen shut. Golota continues to pressure.
Mollo hold on for dear life after taken lots of punishment upstairs. He barely makes it out of the round and walks to wrong corner at the bell.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 10: Mollo's legs are completely gone. He stumbles around the ring taken more and more punishment. I think it was irresponsible of his trainer to send him out for the 10th. Mollo lets his punches go but have nothing behind them because of his lack of legs. Golota now seeing only out of his right eye continue his onslaught. Mollo stumbles after every blocked punch but somehow continues to throw.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 11: Mollo gets some of his legs back over the break but still lacks power and stability. Both fighters stumble around the ring while clinching. Almost all punches from both fighters are wild and way off the mark. Both fighters have little left. The 11th has nothing that would make a highlight reel. I give the round to Golota because Mollo can barely stand.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Round 12: Golota's eye is a total mess and hard to look at. Both fighters surprisingly realize that it's the last round and come out swinging. Golota backs Mollo into the corner and fires at will. Mollo continues to take punishment but remarkably stays on his feet. Mollo holds his head below Golota's waist recieves punches from that angle. Mollo barely makes it to the end of this sorry example of the heavywieght division.

Spartan117: 10-9 Golota
Uatu: 10-9 Golota

Golota wins by unanimous decision.

Two things are clear from this fight. Mollo needs to be introduced to a treadmill and there is little hope for the near future of the Heavywieght division.

Spartan117: 116-112 Golota
Uatu: 119-108 Golota
Judge 1: 116-112 Golota
Judge 2: 116-112 Golota
Judge 3: 118-109 Golota


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think golota did it very very well, i cannot imagine some one can do it better on this age.

im a boxer from the netherlands(108.4 kg) (
im almost 27. 28-0-1 (19 ko) but i think o wouldnt nfight golota

The Franchise said...

Thanks for sharing your opinion with us here. I certainly wasn't saying that Golota wasn't good at all, just that he's not very fun to watch and getting a little long in the tooth. I don't think he'll ever be a real player in the heavyweight title picture again, but obviously a bunch of people out there do enjoy watching him fight.