By Dwight Chittenden: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) made it look easy tonight in halting Poland’s Grzegorz Proksa (28-2, 21 KO’s) in a a 5th round knockout at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York. Golovkin knocked the badly overmatched Proksa down three times before the brutal slaughter was ended in the 5th round with Proksa knocked face down on the canvas.
Golovkin put Proksa down in the 1st, 4th and the last time in the 5th. You could tell that the end was near in the 4th round when Golovkin knocked Proksa down with a powerful right hand to the head. Although Proksa was also knocked down in the 1st, but this time he was really hurt and he took punishment for the remainder of the round.
In the 5th round, Golovkin came out like a shark smelling blood in the water, ignoring Proksa’s futile attempts to fight him off with wild shots, Golovkin got Proksa near the ropes and badly hurt him with a big right hand. Proksa, now staggering, was helpless as Golovkin added the finishing shots to the head to put him down face first on the canvas. Proksa gamely got to his feet but he was badly dazed and the referee did the right thing by calling a halt to the fight at 1:11 of the round.
With this victory, Golovkin put himself in a good position to get the winner of the September 15th fight between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez. This would seem like the ideal fight to have Golovkin take on the winner of Martinez-Chavez Jr. However, Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum might not be too thrilled about putting him in with a guy fighting as well as Golovkin is right now. Arum didn’t agree to put Chavez Jr. in with Martinez until Marquez struggled recently in his last two fights, showing some age. Golovkin isn’t struggling and isn’t showing any age, so it’s highly unlikely that Arum would be willing to put his money fighter Chavez Jr, in with Golovkin if Chavez Jr. gets past Martinez on September 15th.
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