By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We all know that styles make a fight, and if you look both these guys, Golovkin and Proksa, this fight just cannot be just another title fight without drama and spectacular punches. It’s practically impossible,” Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions regarding the upcoming WBA and IBO middleweight title fight between unbeaten reigning titleholder Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) and Polish star and European champion Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Golovkin-Proksa fight will be also televised live by HBO in the main event of their Boxing After Dark series.
How long was Proksa on the K2 and Golovkin boxing radar?
Tom Loeffler: We obviously knew about Proksa talent for more than a year. It was a question of time when he can show it in the ring. And he did just that by beating former world champion Sebastian Sylvester. From that day on, we knew that he could be a potential title contender. This is why the decision of sending him an invitation to fight on HBO for WBA and IBO title was an easy one.
Were you surprised when he lost to Kerry Hope and lost the European title?
Everybody was surprised, but he did show clearly in the rematch who is a better fighter. It was also a big test of his mental strength, because as we all know, losing to Hope again could be big problem for his career. He did it the right way, dominating the fight and getting the European belt back.
Will you agree that for the boxing fans Golovkin versus Proksa, because of their clash of styles and entertainment value, is a dream coming true?
That could be very well true because we all know that styles make a fight, and if you look both these guys, Golovkin and Proksa, this fight just cannot be just another title fight without drama and spectacular punches. It’s practically impossible. Proksa’s talent and his style is compared to Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez’ way of fighting. It was hard work to find somebody who can imitate Proksa and we decided against inviting Martinez for sparring sessions with Gennady. Seriously, Proksa’s style is a problem for everybody, with his open stance and hands low, but Golovkin was always saying that he just does not care – he can fight anybody. Proksa will be the biggest obstacle in his career, but we are all confident that Gennady will be in top form on September 1.
Not one but three top fighters said “no” to fight Golovkin. You would think that being on HBO, fighting for the WBA middleweight title in States will be enough for every contender to sign a contract with a smile on his face…
You would think so, wouldn’t you? There are two reasons why I somewhat understand why even the best guys are reluctant to face Gennady: power and precision. I’ve been around boxing for a long time but I never saw anybody hitting so hard. Some of the fighters, like Felix Sturm, they don’t even want to discuss Golovkin, but Proksa and his team were game right away, taking the fight, getting ready for a championship chance. For my money, Golovkin-Proksa fight easily beats the Sturm-Gaele bout happening the same day not only because of the entertainment value, but also class and the talent of the fighters involved. It’s a great time for fans of middleweight division – you can see top six fighters testing their skills in the short period of time, because you have also Martinez fighting Chavez Jr. This is also a very comfortable situation for Proksa – even if he loses he’ll be able to showcase his talent on the biggest available stage – fighting for the title. Golovkin and Proksa are young men with a great talent, with great expectations for their future – something has to give on September 1.