OK, as Dennis Green might
say, I'm not quite ready to crown Gennady Golovkin yet but he certainly left an
impression in his stateside/HBO debut in dominating Grzegorz Proksa in five
rounds at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. All told, he
performed in a manner where you want to see him again - and soon. Perhaps he could
face Daniel Geale, who had a well-earned, hard-fought victory over Felix Sturm
in Germany, unifying the IBF and WBA middleweight titles.
The WBA announced that the
winner of that fight, now the WBA’s “super” champion, had to face Golovkin by
the end of the year. But with Geale also having the IBF strap, he now has other
On the other side of the
spectrum was the drudgery that was the 12-round draw between Sergiy Dzinziruk
and Jonathan Gonzalez. Dzinziruk was only on this telecast because he was
promised a return to the network by Ross Greenburg regardless of how he performed
against Sergio Martinez in March of 2011 (it's decisions like this that got
Greenburg bounced from his position at HBO Sports in the first place). Gonzalez
was another guy who simply had no business being on “The Network of Champions”
and he came in a full nine pounds overweight.
So while bouts like Brian
Viloria-Hernan Marquez can't get on “B.A.D.”, we get Dzinziruk-Gonzalez because
of past ineptness and politics from those in charge.