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banner Wednesday, 6 February, 2002, 19:45 GMT
Golota cops a load of trouble
Andrew Golota as he might look in uniform.
Boxer Andrew Golota has been charged with impersonating a police officer after being stopped in his car.

Golota, best known for throwing in the towel against Mike Tyson, was arrested by Illinois State police earlier this week.

It is alleged he showed an officer a badge stating he too was in the police.

But the 34-year-old heavyweight ended up spending the night in jail and later appeared in court on a charge of attempted false personation of police.

Prosecutors said Golota was pulled over for allegedly driving past a stop sign in a black Mercedes Benz.


They added that he had been given the honorary badge by a police department in New Jersey, for performing charity work.

Conviction carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $2,500 (1,750) fine.

Golota was released on bail.

In October 2000, the Pole decided to quit two rounds into his fight with Tyson in Michigan.

He refused to put his gumshield back in during the 90-second interval between the second and third round and stormed out of the ring.

He was pelted with objects by the crowd as he left the arena in Auburn Hills, Detroit.

Golota's trainer later claimed his fighter had been badly injured in the fight.

Others suggested he should have been charged with impersonating a boxer.

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