Golovkin could face Chavez Jr-Martinez winner if he gets by Proksa
By Dan Ambrose: IBO/WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says that they’re interested in trying to get the winner of the September 15th fight between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez if Golovkin can get past Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KO’s) next Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York.
Leoffler said “There is the fight with Martinez and Chavez…Any of those fighters would be great for Gennady and he’s made it clear that he wants to fight the best in the middleweight division.”
Loeffler also says that they’re interested still in facing WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog if possible. Golovkin was set to fight Pirog but he injured his back while training for the fight forcing Golovkin’s promoter to scramble around and find Proksa, the EBU middleweight champion, to replace Pirog.
Proksa, 5’8″, won’t be an easy out for Golovkin, because Proksa has good power and he likes to move around the ring a lot trying to make his opponents miss with their shots so that he can counter them with hard pot shots. When Proksa is on he looks great with his style of fighting. But when he gets pressured really well like he was in his first fight agaisnt Kerry Hope earlier this year, he struggles.
Golovkin will have the power, experience and the skills advantage in this fight. Proksa will have an advantage with his mobility and his unorthodox style of fighting. Golovkin hasn’t fought too many fighters like his before because most of the guys that Golovkin has fought have come from amateur backgrounds where they were taught to keep their guard up at all times to protect their head. Proksa fights with his hands down by his sides, daring his opponents to try and land something so that he can counter them.
Golovkin will land big shots on Proksa next Saturday night. The big question is whether Proksa will be able to land his own shots in return. This fight could end up being one-sided in either direction depending on how they do against each others fighting styles. Golokin has a big advantage in that he hits a lot harder and can end the fight with one punch if he lands clean.
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