Sebastian Zbik made mandatory challenger for Grzegorz Proksa’s EBU title

3 Nov

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Britain-based Pole, Grzegorz Proksa, may be going from one former world titlist to another as, following on from his scintillating third round retirement of Sebastian Sylvester in October at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenbur, Germany, he could be aligned with Sebastian Zbik as the latter has been made mandatory challenger to the EBU middleweight championship belt that Proksa is currently in possession of.

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Proksa and EBU middleweight championship belt. Credit: proksa.pl

Previously an unheralded fighter, Proksa – a southpaw dubbed Super G and based just outside of London – was struggling to find his big break. He took on fights at short notice and lacked a high-profile promoter who could grant him the exposure that befitted his technical and aesthetically-pleasing boxing style.

Then came a shot at the then-vacant EBU belt against Sylvester in Germany. Not only did Proksa (26-0-0, 19ko) defeat the name fighter, he dominated him in each of the three rounds the bout lasted, cut him up and left him bleeding on his stool unable to continue to fight after just nine minutes of action. On The Beak heralded the contest as the emergence of a new middleweight star.

It was not long before he was signed up to one of the most well known and established sporting representatives in Britain, Matchroom Sports, as he exchanged contracts with the company’s head of boxing – Eddie Hearn – and joined the Matchroom stable that also includes fellow 160lb campaigner Darren Barker, undefeated British welterweight Kell Brook and WBC super middleweight world champion Carlo Froch, who competes the Super Six World Boxing Classic final later this year.

Barry Hearn, also of Matchroom, indicated that a world title shot beckoned for Proksa in 2012, however, he may also have a big-name to defend his blue belt against as Zbik, who recently went 12 rounds with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Los Angeles, has been made his mandatory challenger by the EBU.

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