By: Anthony “Zute” George
A star was born Saturday night on HBO and his name is Gennady Golovkin. The middleweight champion demolished the very game, and respectable Grzegorz Proksa, GGG, as he fans call him and showcased elements of what use to be the gold standard for greatness in this sport.
Gennady showed proper foot work, moved both of his hands and landed punches that put a hurting on his opponent. As a result, referee Charlie Fitch put a stop to the beating Proksa was taking at 1:11 in round five. It was certainly refreshing to see a top champion not bore the house out, as we saw in the first HBO fight, and settle for a W12, by being safe and throwing one punch at a time.
It is not clear how Gennady’s career will go from him. If boxing follows the status quo, he will be avoided by the top names in boxing. He is still not that big a name but he is a major risk. It should be mandatory that the Sergio Martinez vs. J.C. Superstar Jr. winner fight Gennady next summer. Gennady has also called out every big name from 154 to 168.
Of course he wants it; he wants the payday for sure. But I also see in Gennady a fearless attitude and he will not be satisfied unless he tests himself against the best in the boxing game today – another element missing from most pugilists today.
I am not saying Gennady is great, or should be at op The Boxing Prophets P4P list; there is no way to tell any of this based on one fight. What I can tell you is he put himself on the map, and on my radar by showcasing skills other top names indeed have, but are so reluctant to share with us; although I am not sure how many equal this guy in power. HBO needs to ride this guy and demand the top guys fight him. After all, you only know if you have a diamond if you apply the proper pressure.
Anthony “Zute” George is a contributor to BoxingIQ.com and one of the hosts of blogtalk.com’s internet boxing show Split Decision With Zute and The Prophet. You can also catch his blog Zute For Thought exclusively here at BoxingIQ.com