Grzegorz Proksa will challenge
Gennady Golovkin for the WBA and IBO middleweight titles on
September 1 in Verona, New York.
Proksa reclaimed the European
title with a convincing seventh round stoppage of Kerry Hope in
Sheffield on July 7, and the Surrey-based Pole has been rewarded
with a shot at the unbeaten Kazakhstan fighter, who makes his
American bow in the fourth defence of his WBA belt and the third of
the IBO strap.
"I have no doubt in my mind that
I have the ability to knockout Golovkin," said Proksa. "My
opportunity to showcase my talents to the world has arrived and I'm
not going to let it slip away.
"This will be a difficult fight
but I believe in myself to come out victorious and I'm going to
bring an aggressive game plan for the fans. I'm coming to the
US to impress and take home the title."
"Proksa has waited all his
professional life for this opportunity and respects Golovkin for
his achievements in the ring," said Barry Hearn, chairman of
"He knows this will be a tough
fight for both fighters and is convinced he can emerge victorious
in an entertaining contest.
"The fight features the two
biggest punchers in the middleweight division and I am convinced
that fight will not go the distance. It's an honour for Proksa to
be part of an HBO show and he is excited about winning in the USA
on the biggest network for boxing in the world."