Unbeaten WBA and IBO middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin, 24-0-(21), scored a sensational knockout against Grzegorz Proksa, 28-2-(21), to retain titles at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Saturday.
Golovkin dominated the bout from the outset as he dropped Proksa in the opening round.
Golovkin continued to pummel Proksa by bullying him around the ring. The challenger showed tremendous courage by fighting toe to toe with the heavy handed Golovkin.
Golovkin battered Proksa along the ropes in round four before scoring his second knockdown in the fight. Golovkin ended things with a vicious flurry of punches that sent Proksa down and out and the fight was stopped at 1:11 of round five
Golovkin of Kazakhstan is now 24-0 with 21 knockouts. Proksa , from Poland is now, 28-2.
“It was a good first fight in America”, said Golovkin.
“Ï am ready for anyone and that includes the winner of Martinez and Chavez Jr. I hope to be back in December”
Sergiy Dzinziruk and Jonathan Gonzalez battled to a 12 round draw in the light. Middleweight co-feature. There was drama even before the fight started as Gonzalez missed the 154 pound weight limit by a staggering nine pounds and had a ten pound weight advantage as they entered the ring as he tipped the scales at 172 pounds while Dzinziruk was 162.
It was a close fight with Dzinziruk trying to establish his “Razor“ jab while Gonzalez was successful with counter right hands. Both fighters had good moments of sustained action.
When the scores were announced, nothing was settled as they read 117-111 for Gonzalez; 115-113 for Dzinziruk and 114-114.
Gonzalez is now 15-0-1. Dzinziuk is 37-1-1.
“Ï was uncomfortable but I thought I won the fight”, said a disappointed Gonzalez.”
When asked about his weight difficulties, Gonzalez said “It took a lot of strength out of me”