Grzegorz Proksa has stepped in to face Gennady Golovkin on September 1.
The rumored September 1 HBO fight between Gennady Golovkin and replacement opponent Grzegorz Proksa is official, as Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions (Golovkin's promoter) tells BoxingScene.com that the fight is finalized and ready to go. The fight has moved to the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, with Sergiy Dzinziruk facing Jonathan Gonzalez in the co-feature.
Loeffler also says that original Golovkin opponent Dmitry Pirog, who dropped out of the fight on July 5 due to a back injury, is a possible future opponent, and that a Golovkin-Pirog fight isn't dead.
Proksa (28-1, 21 KO) regained the European middleweight title from Kerry Hope on July 7, dominating the fight and stopping the Welshman in eight. That came four months after Hope upset Proksa, which has been the Polish standout's lone misstep as a pro.
Golovkin (23-0, 20 KO) will be defending the WBA "regular" title, while earlier in the day, Felix Sturm will attempt to unify the WBA "super" title with Daniel Geale's IBF belt in Germany. As Loeffler points out, it's a big few weeks for the middleweight division, with Golovkin-Proksa, Sturm-Geale, and then Chavez Jr-Martinez on September 15.