22.12.04 - By Jim Amato: It looks like my Comeback Heavyweight Of 2004, Andrew Golota will get another shot at the brass ring.After being robbed in title attempts against I.B.F. champ Chris Byrd and W.B.A.titleholder John Ruiz, Andrew will now face W.B.O pretender Lamon Brewster. The bout is slated for March 5th. I was led to believe that former champion Hassim Rahman was up next for Brewster. In Lamon's last fight he suffered a broken jaw against Kali Meehan. Since then Meehan met Rahman and was badly beaten. This win thrusted Rahman back into the big picture.
There is talk about Rahman facing Ruiz again but it seems more likely at this time that Ruiz and Byrd are headed for a showdown. Where does this leave Vitali? Is he waiting on Lennox Lewis to return? What about Jameel McCline who must still be considered a force in the division off his controversial loss to Byrd? Maybe McCline will finally meet James Toney in a bout that was once scheduled but was called off due to Toney being injured.
Former W.B.O. champ Corrie Sanders is on the comeback trail and Wladimir Klitschko is still looking to get back into the mix. It was not so long ago that Wlad was considered the most likely to follow Lewis on the throne. Wlad soon found out, no chin...no title.
I just hope by the end of 2005 we have ONE unified champion. A Byrd-Ruiz match would be a nice start. Time will tell but I'm not going to get my hopes up. One more thing...Lamon Brewster is a better fighter then given credit for. Still I have to feel that Golota will finally win his share of the heavyweight title.