Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that European Middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa has extended his promotional deal with the company.
The unbeaten Polish fighter claimed the vacant European strap after forcing the retirement of Sebastian Sylvester and his dominant display in Germany at the start of the month has seen the 26 year-old become hot property.
Proksa imposed himself on the former World champion and hometown favourite Sylvester from the first bell, silencing the partisan crowd with his commanding performance and winning new fans in the process.
He signed terms with Barry Hearn at Matchroom’s Essex headquarters with his manager Krzysztof Zbarski, and said he’d always wanted to join up with the legendary sports promoter.
“Ever since watching Chris Eubank fight Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany in 1994 I’ve dreamed of joining up with Matchroom,” said Proksa. “I believe with Matchroom behind me I can go on to win a World title next year.”
The Sylvester victory was the 26th of the Surrey-based Pole’s career to date, and another win in hostile territory. Proksa made his debut in Las Vegas and has climbed into the ring against hometown fighters in England, Hungary and Spain to name a handful – but new promoter Barry Hearn believes the southpaw is ready to dominate the middleweight division on his own terms.
“Grzegorz was fantastic against Sylvester, he went into the lion’s den and dominated a World class fighter on his home patch,” said Hearn. “He is aggressive and relentless in the ring and ambitious out of it. The desire he has shown has impressed me greatly and we will be looking to get a well deserved World title shot next year.”