Golovkin shows heavy hands in Verona, N.Y.

September, 1, 2012
Gennady Golovkin, a Bieber-faced bomber from Kazakhstan, served notice that he may have a sweet smile, but his hands are nasty instruments capable of doing terrific damage to world-class middleweights. Golovkin had Grzegorz Proksa of Poland down three times -- in the first, fourth and fifth (and final) round -- in the main event at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y.

HBO ran the bout on its "Boxing After Dark" show, and we suspect a few middleweights in the top 20 turned off the tube, admitting to themselves that they want no part of the winner. The Germany-based Golovkin went to 24-0 with 21 KOs, notching knockdowns on a slick boxer who had never been down, as an amateur or pro. Proksa is now 28-2.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.



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