With his speedy, shifty, hands-below-the-waist southpaw style, Grezgorz Proksa prompted HBO analyst Max Kellerman to declare during the first round of his fight with Gennady Golovkin that he was “doing a pretty fair Sergio Martinez impersonation.” So Golovkin went out and did a pretty fair impersonation of a guy Martinez might want to steer clear of.
Making his American debut and his HBO debut amid passionate hype from the YouTube-scouring hardcore boxing community, the Kazakhstan-born, Germany-based Golovkin did not disappoint. He knocked down the brave but overmatched Proksa three times in five rounds at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, prompting a perfectly timed stoppage at the 1:11 mark of the fifth from referee Charlie Fitch.
A few hours earlier in Germany, Daniel Geale upset Felix Sturm to unify a couple of alphabet belts at 160 pounds. In two weeks, Martinez will defend the lineal title against another beltholder, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The best are fighting the best right now at middleweight. And Golovkin now must be considered among the best and a viable option for the Martinez-Chavez victor.