Gennady Golovkin TKO5 Grzegorz Proksa
With cruel, calculating efficiency, Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin ravaged Poland’s Grzegorz Proksa en route to a fifth round TKO in their middleweight bout at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. Golovkin (24-0, 21KO), was originally slated to face Dmitry Pirog in a much-anticipated rumble for validation by American audiences. When Pirog withdrew due to injury, Proksa (28-2, 21KO), signed up for what proved to be a courageous but painful night’s work.
The first round began with Proksa firing southpaw jabs, hands at his waist, while exploiting a foot speed advantage to remain barely beyond Golovkin’s fists. Golovkin spent much of the round measuring both distance and his opponent’s attack, looking to throw counter left hooks over Proksa’s jab. With about thirty seconds remaining in the round, Golovkin delivered a hurtful counter left hook as Proksa holstered his jab. Golovkin followed up with an assault that sent his foe to the canvas. Proksa found his feet at the count of eight, and after gesturing unconvincingly to referee Charlie Fitch that he had slipped, established a strong enough dialogue between his brain and legs to survive the remainder of the round. Golovkin, seemingly aware of Proksa’s rate of recovery, and comfortable in the knowledge that he could revisit such damage upon him, stayed measured in his pursuit and was unable to end matters prior to the bell.
Toeing the line for the second round, Proksa increased the diversity in his unconventional attack. Translating superior hand speed into success with his jab, lead lefts, and uppercuts, Proksa looked to fight his way back into the contest. In a moment of sober commentary, Kellerman correctly observed that Golovkin was hardly difficult to hit. Proksa landed cleanly on his opponent, but for a fighter who had stopped thirteen of his previous fourteen opponents, the product of those scoring blows was surprisingly meager. This may be a commentary on his level of opposition; but it is more likely that the discouraging prospects of Golovkin’s counter volleys dissuaded Proksa from loading up, and that the Russian fighter—who routinely spars with much larger men—takes a good shot. Regardless of the explanation, Golovkin pursued Proksa confidently, ever ready to unleash something evil.
Boxing Betting Lines: If you're looking for the best advice for boxing wagering, you've certainly come to the right place. Here at Bookmaker sportsbook, we're catching up on some fighting news, as Gennady Golovkin looks to find an opponent for his scheduled August 25th, 2012 HBO main event.
Boxing Betting Online: The boxing world was buzzing with a possible matchup between highly touted fighters Gennady Golovkin and Dmitry Pirog in the HBO main event on August 25th, 2012, but that bout won’t be happening. Pirog, who is 20-0 with 15 knockouts and one of the top 160-pound fighters in the world, suffered a ruptured disc in his back in early July and will not be ready to face Golovkin.
Instead, there are two contenders expected to be considered for Pirog’s spot, according to ESPN.com. One is European middleweight Grzegorz Proksa, who has a career record of 28-1 with 21 knockouts. Proksa’s lone loss came to Kerry Hope in March, but he avenged it on July 7th. The recovery time would be tough but this is a matchup that could happen.
The other possibility is junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan, who is 32-0 with 20 knockouts on his resume. Martirosyan would have to move up to middleweight for the fight, but ESPN.com said he would be willing to do so.
Golovkin has a career record of 23-0 with 20 knockouts. He won his first championship belt in the middleweight class in July of 2009 and has retained or won belts in five different fights since then. Golovkin is one of the best middleweights in the world and would very likely be considered the favorite against any new opponent in boxing wagering.
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