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Polish boxer Golota faces deportation from US

Retired heavyweight Andrew Golota could be deported from the United States to his native Poland.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday ( that the 44-year-old boxer's case is in court. His wife, Mariola Golota, says a decision is expected in September.

Golota was a title contender with bouts against Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe. He also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics.

Golota lives in Chicago a legal permanent resident of the U.S., but a criminal background check was triggered when he filed paperwork to become a U.S. citizen. Golota pleaded guilty in two, separate Illinois cases over the past decade.

Mariola Golota says her husband is treated more harshly because of his celebrity. She says the proceedings are a "big, black cloud" over the family.