Last night, at an upstate New York casino, undefeated Middleweight Gennady Golovkin made his American debut by taking out rugged Grzegorz Proksa (28-2 now). There was very little not to like in the Kazak Golovkin’s performance, as he riddled Proska with body shots and sent him to the canvas three times before earning the stoppage in the fifth round.
Golovkin has run his record to a perfect 24-0, and he has elicited rave reviews from those who saw the fight. The HBO crew announcing the fight made comparisons to the tough, relentless style of all time great Julio Cesar Chavez.
During his in ring interview, Golovkin called out the winner of the September 15th bout between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, however he is unlikely to get that fight right away. The familiar boxing excuse of ‘his talent outweighs his name recognition and drawing power’ will have the top middleweights avoiding him like a plague or a pox.
Golovkin has the WBA and IBO Middleweight titles, and he came in at a solid 159 lbs for this fight. Golovkin was not shy about the possibilities of fighting at 168, and he even mentioned the winner of the Andre Ward-Chad Dawson fight as another potential opponent.
What appears to be in the works for ‘Triple G’ is a 4 man tournament at Middleweight, which will see him pitted against a field that is likely to include a field from among Daniel Geale, Felix Sturm, Dmitry Pirog, Peter Quinlin and Sergio Martinez.
It will be interesting to see where the odds come in for a tournament like that. Golovkin could enter the favorite, especially if top dog Sergio Martinez were to not sign up. At age 30, Golovkin will be bludgeoning opponents for a few years, as he is in his prime.
Once the public gets to know him, he will be a bettor’s favorite, but it will take anothe rmatch or two for him to up his profile. Certainly fighting in the boondocks of upstate NY is not the big time, though the bout was carried on HBO After Dark. Let’s just say that promoter Bob Arum, who owns Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, would never risk Junior on the Kazak version of his father, Golovkin is just too good.