Andrew Golota was knocked down twice and stopped by Lennox Lewis on Saturday night, then collapsed in his dressing room and was taken to a hospital.
Referee Joe Cortez said Golota had suffered a seizure after being knocked out in the first round of the WBC heavyweight championship bout. He was wheeled out of the Convention Center on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the nearby Atlantic City Medical Center.
“He’s in the hospital being observed,” said promoter Dino Duva. “He is stable. He either had a seizure or an anxiety attack.”
Lewis (32-1) overwhelmed Golota (28-3), stopping him with the fight only 95 seconds old to retain the WBC title.
“I wanted to knock him out before he had a chance to commit any fouls,” the 32-year-old Lewis said of Golota, who had been disqualified in his two previous fights against Riddick Bowe for repeated low blows.
“I wanted to get rid of all the misfits and this was the last of the misfits,” Lewis said. “I want to consolidate all the belts and keep them for myself.”
Lewis could get a fight against the winner of the Nov. 8 match between WBA champion Evander Holyfield and IBF champion Michael Moorer.
Lewis knocked Golota down the first time at 55 seconds with four thunderous shots to the head. Golota struggled up at the count of four and reeled across the ring. Cortez followed him and gave him a mandatory eight-count. Once Golota got up, Lewis never gave him a chance to recover.
Lewis launched another attack and dropped Golota into a sitting position in Lewis’ corner with three rights to the head. Cortez began to count, then stopped and ruled the fight was over at 1:35.
Arturo Gatti, almost out on his feet in the fourth round, stormed back in the fifth to knock down and stop Gabriel Ruelas and retain the IBF junior lightweight championship on the Lewis-Golota undercard.