WBA and IBO middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin appears to be a serious player in middleweight division following his highly impressive 5th Round TKO over well-respected Grzegorz Proksa.
With the win, Golovkin moved to 24-0 with 21 knockouts.
Not only did Golovkin win and score three knockdowns, he dominated a fella who was 28-1 with 21 knockouts who steamrolled former world champion Sebastian Sylvester last year and had never been off his feet prior to Saturday night.
After the bout, Proksa had nothing but praise for his 30 year old opponent:
"The guy hits like a hammer. I tried everything, but it did not work. You have to give him credit, because he had a good handle on the situation and it was an honor to meet him in the ring. Even though I lost every round, I wanted to fight on. ... There is no reason for us to have avoided fighting him - and I think today I fought not only the best fighter in my weight class, but perhaps even in the pound for pound rankings."
The long-armed Gennady Golovkin appeared machine-like in dismantling his foe. Calm and cool throughout, he fought like a fighter who knew he had his man beat from the opening bell.
Scoring knockdowns in the first, fourth and fifth rounds, the 5'10" fighter from Kazakhstan not only appeared to be the bigger man, he was the stronger fighter and looked extremely sharp and technically sound.
Even defensively, the Kazakhstan-born fighter appears to have a natural feel for boxing. He didn't do anything overly-extraordinary like make Proska look silly or miss wildly, he simply defended himself very well. And his timing was excellent - It was almost as if he knew what Proska was going to throw before Proksa did.
Roy Jones, Jr., who hinted prior to the bout Golovkin might be the best middleweight in the world, indicated Golovkin had excellent balance and was always well-placed and at the proper angle. As a result, Golovkin is always in position to mount an attack and get good leverage on his shots.
Is it too soon to say he would give problems to both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez?
Golovkin boasted he could fight between 154 and 168 lbs and called out Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.
Before last Saturday's bout, his comments were likely dismissed by the media and most fans. But afterwards, he'd convinced many that his declaration wasn't the typical smack fans are accustomed to hearing.
Whether Gennady Golovkin can be the best at 154, 160 or 168 lbs remains to be seen but he'd be a solid test for any champion from jr middleweight to super middleweight, including Mayweather and Ward.
Golovkin's US debut was a smashing success - literally.
Gennady Golovkin. Get used to that name because he's going to be around for awhile.
Gennady Golovkin Facts & Stats
- Born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan and lives in Stuggart Germany
- 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist on Kazakhstani Olympic Team
- Defeated Andre Dirrell in the Olympics; Lost to Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov (Russia)
- Turned pro in May 2006
- Pro debut was against a fella who had 26 pro bouts (Record: 1-22-3)
- Eighteen of his 21 knockouts have come in 5 rounds or fewer
- Has weighed between 158½ lbs and 161¼ lbs for all of his bouts to date
- Ranked No. 4 in the middleweight division by BoxRec and RING Magazine
- Promoted by K2
- Speaks Kazak, Russian, German and English
- Trainer is Abel Sanchez
- Height: 5′10"/178cm
Video: HBO Boxing: Golovkin vs Proksa - Round 5