Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Bloodied, beat up and stopped in three rounds, former world champion Sebastian Sylvester was technically knocked out by new middleweight arrival Grzegorz Proksa who has celebrated his new found fame by signing terms with one of Britain’s most prominent promotional vehicles; Matchroom Sports. Barry Hearn was elated with the latest acquisition to his flourishing stable and claimed a world title shot in 2012 beckons for the latest EBU champ at 160lbs.
Having exchanged contracts with Proksa at Matchroom Sports headquarters in Essex, Hearn commended Proksa’s emphatic win over Sylvester in Germany: “Grzegorz was fantastic against Sylvester, he went into the lion’s den and dominated a world class fighter on his home patch.”
Using angles, moving laterally and showing good speed of hand and foot, Proksa (26-0-0, 19ko) combined technical skill with hard, unforgiving power punches that wore down Sylvester, a seasoned veteran with wins over Billy Lyell and Amin Asikainen, whilst also taking Felix Sturm the 12-round distance.
At Matchroom Sports, Proksa joins undefeated welterweight star Kell Brook, the incumbent of the WBC super middleweight world championship Carl Froch and, intriguingly, Darren Barker, who recently announced himself to global fight fans with a commendable tactical performance against lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
“He is aggressive and relentless in the ring and ambitious out of it,” Hearn continued of Proksa. “The desire he has shown has impressed me greatly and we will be looking to get a well deserved World title shot next year.”
Proksa, meanwhile, stated that the decision to sign terms with Matchroom was an easy one for him: “Ever since watching Chris Eubank fight Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany in 1994 I’ve dreamed of joining up with Matchroom. I believe with Matchroom behind me I can go on to win a world title next year.”