Weights are in for Saturday night's HBO Boxing After Dark show in Verona, New York, and while it appears both fights will still happen, the co-feature had some pretty heavy issues at the scales.
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The main event between WBA "regular" middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KO) and Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KO) is good to go, with both fighters coming in at 159 pounds, one pound under the middleweight limit.
The junior middleweight bout to be featured first on HBO, however, didn't come off without a hitch. Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 24 KO) is assumed to have purposely weighed in heavy at 156½ pounds, as it became pretty well-known earlier in the day that opponent Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KO) was badly overweight. If writers knew of it beforehand, then surely Dzinziruk's camp was clued in, as they would have had to negotiate a new deal or whatever, too.
Gonzalez weighed in at 163, nine pounds over the junior middleweight limit. That's pretty bad. This is not Gonzalez's first issue with the limit, as he weighed in heavy in February against Billy Lyell. But the 156 that night is baby shit compared to what this dude is doin' now (if anyone gets the reference there, please speak up - we'll be pals forever). This is positively Joan Guzman-ish.
Needless to say, it looks like it's time for the 23-year-old Puerto Rican prospect to move up in weight. He better hope size is what matters tomorrow, because Dzinziruk is no pushover, and my gut feeling at the moment is that the Razor is gonna carve him up. He may not be really for this jelly.