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HBO Boxing: Golovkin vs. Proksa

Updated on March 15, 2013

HBO Boxing: Golovkin vs. Proksa

Saturday September 1, 2012, HBO Sports, Boxing after Dark, presented the WBA Middleweight Championship bout from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York between Gennady Golovkin and Grzegorz Proksa.

Gennady Golovkin is 30 years old. He is an undefeated boxer (23-0-0, 20 KO’s) from Kazakhstan. Golovkin is the current WBA and IBO middleweight champion. Grzegorz Proksa, the challenger is 27 years old. He has a record of (28-1-0, 21 KO’s). Proksa hails from Poland.

This was the first bout in the United States for Gennady Golovkin, who presently resides in Germany. Golovkin is a hard hitting, stylish and smooth boxer. Grzegorz Proksa, a southpaw, is also a tough fighter and hard puncher.

In the first round Golovkin knocked down Proksa with a devastating left hook to the jaw. But the tough Proksa came back with a few good combinations to the head of Golovkin. Proksa stood up to the classic boxer Golovkin in rounds two and three. In the fourth round Golovkin hit Proksa with a number of combinations and body shots that knocked the young Proksa down for a second time in the bout. Finally in the fifth round Golovkin connected a strong right punch to the face of Proksa. Proksa went down for an eight count and referee Charley Finch stopped the bout at 1:11 of the fifth round.

In a post fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin said he was ready to fight anyone from 154 pounds to 168 pounds.

As always HBO’s Boxing after Dark reporting crew: Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. gave excellent commentary and boxing insight throughout the bout.

There seems to be a weight problem with some young boxers. In the first fight, a 154 weight bout between Sergiv Dzinziruk and Jonathan Gonzalez, Gonzalez weighed in at 163 pounds. He was fined $60,000 for being overweight. The somewhat boring 12 round fight was recorded as a draw. A great champion like Roy Jones Jr. who called the fight, was never overweight for any of his bouts. These young fighters have to take weight more seriously before appearing in a major battle on cable television.

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