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Gennady Golovkin says Kell Brook is biggest test of his career

Gennady Golovkin feels Kell Brook will provide him with his biggest test despite the welterweight’s huge step up in weight division for their September 10 bout.

Brook (36-0-KO25) is moving up to middleweight for the first time in his career to take on Golovkin in a battle of two unbeaten fighters at the O2 in London, an event which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office.

But the Kazakh, who has won 32 of his 35 bouts by knockout, says he was surprised by Brook’s size at Thursday’s news conference in New York and he is not going to be taking anything for granted.

Golovkin will be fighting in England for the first time in his career when he puts the WBC, IBF and WBA Super titles on the line against the man from Sheffield.

“I know it will be an amazing atmosphere with huge fans – true fans – and it is the biggest test for us,” Golovkin told Sky Sports.

“I am very excited. I know London fans are huge fans, and that I respect. They understand boxing and I want to bring the UK fans a big, dramatic show.

“Just seeing him for the first time now, it was very interesting for me. I respect Kell – he is a man and he is a true fighter.”

Brook’s step up has been branded a ‘joke’ by Chris Eubank Jr, whose team were unable to reach agreement over a fight with Golovkin, but the Kazakh says past history of fighters going up in weight makes him concentrate even more.

He said: “I know history like Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran. Manny Pacquiao, he came up to junior middleweight and beat Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito.

“This is the biggest test for me. He is the same height as me and he’s a big guy. I saw a couple of his fights and he is a strong guy, the best fighter in his division.”

Trainer Abel Sanchez will again be plotting a way to beat Brook after failing to do so with another of his fighters – Carson Jones – in 2012 and 2013.

And he is also playing down any advantages Golovkin might have in being a true middleweight.

Sanchez said: “They already beat me once and they aren’t going to beat me twice. They are great coaches. We came close with Carson but that was a very green and raw Kell Brook we fought.

“I believe they have transformed him into a great fighter – the best welterweight in the world. We’re looking forward to the atmosphere and the challenge he will bring.

“If you go back and look at the guys who stepped up, the problem for the bigger guy was that they were faster with hands and feet, and they had the right game plan. If they have the right plan he could present a big problem for us.”

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Kell Brook: Gennady Golovkin win would give fighter ‘greatness’

Britain’s IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook said he took the fight with undisputed world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin “to reach greatness”.

The undefeated fighters will meet in London on 10 September.

Brook, 30, who is moving up two weight divisions, is unbeaten in 36 fights while Kazakh Golovkin, 34, has won all 35 of his professional bouts.

“The greats have gone on, like Sugar Ray Leonard, to win titles in the heavier divisions,” said Brook.

“To be a great fighter, you have to do great things. For me, a welterweight, to step up against one of the most feared fighters in the world, I’ll have to do everything right. If I don’t, I’ll come up short.

“We’re going to put the hard work in in training. We will go through hell in that training camp but that’s what you have to do to reach greatness.

“When it was floated, I jumped at the chance. I’m doing it for the fans.”

American Leonard won titles at five weight divisions in the 1980s – welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight.

Golovkin has never boxed in Britain before but has beaten two British fighters in world title defences – Matt Macklin was knocked out in three rounds in 2013 and Martin Murray lasted 11 rounds in 2015.

Speaking at a news conference in New York, he said he thinks Brook will give him his most difficult fight to date.

“It’s the biggest day for me,” he said. “He’s (Brook) very strong. It’s the biggest test for me.”

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Kell Brook’s fight with Gennady Golovkin ‘solves a problem’ for both fighters

Gennady Golovkin’s promoter says his bout with Kell Brook solves a problem fighters share – that opponents in their own weight divisions do not want to face them.

Welterweight Brook (36-0-KO25) will fight the Kazakh middleweight at the 02 Arena and live on Sky Sports Box Office on September 10, with all four of Golovkin’s world titles on the line.

Brook’s decision to accept the fight has been questioned by many people within the sport, but the 30-year-old has said he plans to be a “different animal” during the contest.

Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler feels the fact both fighters boast undefeated records and reputations as fearsome competitors meant they were limited in terms of potential opponents in their own weight divisions.

“Kell wasn’t really on our radar screen because he’s a welterweight, so we didn’t expect him to be a realistic opponent,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“But I think Kell had been thinking about this fight for a while because he’s had a challenge getting the big welterweight names to fight him, just like we’ve had the same challenge getting big middleweight names to fight Gennady.

“So this really solves the problem for both fighters. It’s a massive event. I was at the fight in the United States when Kell beat Porter and he made a huge statement in that fight.”

Loeffler says the dominant opinion of Brook within the Golovkin camp is one of respect for taking on such a difficult-looking fight, and says the Sheffield star will not be underestimated.

“Gennady’s always 100 per cent prepared,” he said. “I’ve never seen any athlete train as hard as he does and there’s a reason behind his success.

“He’s consistent with every fight and he never underestimates any opponent. With Kell stepping up from welterweight it takes it to a whole new level and I think that’s why the fans are so excited.

“You’ve got to give him a lot of respect for that.”

Eddie Hearn reveals how Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook was made and why Chris Eubank Jr lost out

KELL BROOK accepted the same deal Chris Eubank Jr was offered to fight Gennady Golovkin on September 10, Eddie Hearn has revealed.

In a stunning announcement earlier today, it was revealed IBF welterweight champion Brook will jump to 160lbs to take on the fearsome Kazakh, who owns the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles.

Hearn was deep in negotiations for Eubank to get a fight with ‘GGG’, but has revealed Chris and his father missed their chance and Brook wasted no time when presented with the offer.

“We were negotiating the Eubank fight for a long time, as you can imagine that was extremely difficult, we got close,” he told Boxing News.

“We set them [the Eubanks] a deadline and it wasn’t adhered to. They didn’t come back in time for the deadline. I phoned Kell later that night to talk about Vargas and I said ‘Do you want to fight Golovkin?’

“He asked if I was serious and I told him I hadn’t spoken to them [Golovkin’s team] about it but I know they’d love it, it’s a huge fight and he just said ‘yeah, I’ll fight Golovkin. 100 per cent.’

“So we moved probably within 24 hours. It happened over 36-48 hours, and I didn’t want to get involved in any of the speculation because I didn’t want to ruin the chance of Golovkin fighting in the UK.”

Eubank Jr has since taken to social media to refute the claims he stalled on signing a contract.

The unbeaten pair will meet at the O2 Arena in London, with Sky Sports Box Office broadcasting the pay-per-view show in the UK and HBO picking up the US TV rights.

Brook was also set to meet WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas later this year, though an announcement was never made, making the Golovkin-Brook confirmation even more shocking.

Much like Eubank Jr-Golovkin, Hearn was close to closing the deal but there were still obstacles.

“They were close, we were always a little bit out with the money, trying to get a date. When the Eubank-Golovkin fight came about that was a big opportunity to bring Golovkin to the UK and I really wanted to do it, but it meant we’d have two pay-per-view dates and it’s very difficult setting the dates for those fights,” he continued.

“The dollar rate – and I know I get stick for mentioning it – it added 12 to 15 per cent onto the Vargas deal, it was a killer. But everything’s just slotted into place.

“It’s a standard pay-per-view deal, it’s the same deal Anthony Joshua’s on, the same deal Carl Froch was on. We give them ownership of the profit of the show and we take a percentage. It’s the most transparent deal out there.

“Yes, Chris Eubank Jr was offered the same deal that Kell Brook accepted, it’s the same deal Anthony Joshua’s on. We were ready to sign the fight for Eubank, but they made it so difficult.”

Eubank Snr allegedly caused most of the issues, demanding control of operational aspects on the night.

Brook has been installed as a heavy underdog for the clash, due in part to the huge leap in weight he must make to face arguably the hardest puncher in the sport today. However, per the IBF’s rules, there will be a check weigh-in on the day of the fight, meaning neither fighter can massively rehydrate.

Indeed Hearn remains convinced that Golovkin, who stands an inch taller than Brook and whose reach is one centimetre longer, will not have a significant weight advantage on fight night.

“He [Golovkin] is the number one fighter in the world and I feel Kell Brook is the number one welterweight in the world, the difference is; people talk about the weight, it’s definitely a disadvantage, but Kell is a massive welterweight, really he should fight at light-middle (super-welter),” he said.

“We know all about Gennady Golovkin’s weight, he’s not a huge middleweight – he’s a huge punching middleweight – but we also know we’ve got a weigh-in on the Saturday with the IBF, which helps a lot.

“On fight night I don’t think there’ll be a huge difference in weight, yes we’ll be giving away size but I think Brook carries power through the weights. He’s up against it, but we’re in it to win it, one thousand per cent.”

Since dethroning Shawn Porter in 2014, Brook has been unable to nail down the marquee fights his obvious talents deserved and fans had become disgruntled with his title defences against the likes of Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier.

Hearn, who always promised he would secure a big fight for his charge, is proud to have lured ‘GGG’ into the ring with Brook.

He said: “We’ve been looking for this kind of fight for Kell Brook for so long, and he’s taken some stick. He’s wanted to fight anyone, we made huge offers to Vargas, Broner but the fact is none of them wanted to fight them so he’s had to look up – against the most feared fighter in the world.

“It hasn’t really sunk in how good a fight this is, it’s two of the best fighters in the world, pound for pound. I’m over the moon.”

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10 on Sky Sports Box Office

Gennady Golovkin will defend his world middleweight titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will jump two divisions to take on the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion in a bold move which echoes and even surpasses Amir Khan’s decision to tackle Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May.

Golovkin’s pedigree as a savage knockout specialist can be traced more clearly even than Alvarez’s thanks to 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Brook boasts one win more than GGG and is also yet to lose, but the Sheffield man has not fought for a title above 147lbs in his career.

And the Kazakh represents a huge leap in class for Brook after three routine defences of his welterweight belt in the past 16 months, two mandatory and the other against Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin.

This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time,” said Brook, who will retain his status as the IBF’s 147lb champ.

“We’ve tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we’ve got the best of the best – the No 1 fighter in the world is coming to the UK

“When this fight got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights.

“This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a ‘Special’ fighter and I will show the world on September 10.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I cannot tell you how excited I am for this mega fight. I couldn’t be happier for Kell.

“We have pushed for that big name for a long time with many reluctant to step into the ring with him and now this is the ultimate challenge, the biggest fight of 2016.”

Golovkin said: “I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘Big Drama Show’ against Kell Brook.”

Information on ticket on-sale dates and prices will be released early next week.

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Big pay day for Jessie Vargas against Kell Brook in Sheffield

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Kell Brook’s next opponent, Jessie Vargas, will receive a career-best purse of $1.7m dollars (around £1.19m) when the pair meet at Bramall Lane.

Details of the Sheffield IBF welterweight ruler’s finances have not been made public, but presumably Brook’s fee will be in the same ball park area.

While it seems neither fighter have actually signed the paperwork sealing the unification clash – the American is the WBO champion – promoters Matchroom insist that it is only the date that needs rubber-stamping.

Until Sheffield United’s fixtures are released, we won’t know if the fight will be held on August 20, 27 or September 3.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has recently spoken about the possibility of Brook moving up a weight division.

He told IFL TV: “We really want to have the big fights at welterweight, and try to unify before moving up.

“An offer (reportedly £600,000) made to Kell (to fight Liverpool’s Liam Smith) was not nearly enough. It’s less than what he’s been earning.”

Of the Vargas deal, Hearn said: “We’re looking at August 27 or September 3, but we don’t expect many problems with the deal.

“We think Vargas has come out and said he’s signed his deal, but what that means is he’s agreed with Top Rank what he’s getting for the fight. We’re not having problems with that fight. I think September 3 is a better time to do an event than the end of August.”

Meanwhile, Brook’s Ingle stablemate Kid Galahad is awaiting news of the identity of his next opponent, whom he will meet at the Manchester Arena on July 9. It will be his second outing since returning to the sport from a drugs ban.

Galahad (Abdul Barry Awad) stayed in shape during his exile. “I just got on with it,” said Galahad. “Things like this happen in life and you have to deal with it.

“People are sometimes out for two or three years through injury. They can’t train or do anything for a lot of that time. But my situation wasn’t like that. I was still able to keep ticking over. Even the great Muhammad Ali was out the ring for three years and he came back to do amazing things.

“I didn’t go on lads’ holidays or start messing around and drinking. I just stayed in the gym and kept training.”

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Jessie Vargas says Kell Brook fight could be in England

Kell Brook’s world welterweight title unification fight with Jessie Vargas looks a step closer after the American revealed he was prepared to come to England.

The WBO champion’s manager Cameron Dunkin is in negotiations with Eddie Hearn for a summer showdown, when Brook’s IBF belt will also be on the line.

Hearn told Sky Sports he has “offered a huge amount of money” to make the fight happen and while he conceded Brook might have to travel to America, Vargas insists he is willing to cross the Atlantic.

“It’s great news that we could have a unification fight,” Vargas is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“The only bad thing on my part is it seems Kell Brook wants it in England. I would like it in the US, but we’re trying to come to an agreement.

“We just want to make sure everything is right at our end and everything is fair. The judges would be one of them and the purse is another matter.

“I’m a defending champion as well, but he would be fighting in his hometown. I only ask that I get a fair decision.”

Vargas (27-1-KO19), a former WBA world super-lightweight champion, won the vacant WBO belt at 147lbs by stopping Sadam Ali in nine rounds in March and this will be his first defence.

Brook (36-0-KO25) is desperate to take on a big name this summer and a possible all-British battle with Amir Khan appears dead in the water.

Danny Garcia, the WBC champion, was top of the list, but Hearn conceded the Vargas fight looked more likely.

“Vargas is right up there,” said Hearn. “Adrien Broner we offered a huge amount of money to, but I don’t think he’s going to take the fight right now.

“Andre Berto had a decent win the other week, Lamont Peterson wants the fight, Robert Guerrero wants the fight.

“These are all solid names but we want the titles if possible so Vargas is a priority.

“Will he travel? I’m not so sure but we’ve made him a huge offer. It’s tough getting the fights for Kell right now because everyone knows how good he is… we may have to go to America for that defining fight.”

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Kell Brook wants Danny Garcia next and sends out warnings to Adrien Broner and Errol Spence

Kell Brook has put Danny Garcia at the top of his wishlist but admits he would like to give Adrien Broner a “beating”.

The IBF welterweight champion is ready to get back into the ring this summer after seeing off three consecutive mandatory defences.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn added Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley to the list earlier this week and revealed there was a possibility of the ‘Special One’ taking on middleweight Miguel Cotto.

Brook admits Cotto would be a dream fight but now it seems to have fallen through, would rather take on WBC world welterweight champion, Garcia.

“I remember the Cotto story came out just after [Amir] Khan announced he was going to fight [Saul] Alvarez, then we started hearing rumours,” he told Sky Sports.

“I couldn’t stop talking about it but it hasn’t progressed for one reason or another. It would be a big fight. We’ve all watched him for many years and he’s a true warrior and those are the sort of fights we all want.

“Right now though, I want Danny Garcia. He is a big name, he is good and that would be my number one pick.”

Garcia has not boxed since winning the WBC belt in January, although there is plenty of speculation suggesting the two-weight world champion will be the opponent if Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring to set a new 50-0 record.

Former friends Mayweather and Broner appear to have fallen out and Brook would be happy to fight ‘The Problem’.

“A lot of people, including myself, would like to give him a beating for how he acts and how he goes off,” he said.

“He does wind me up because he’s got no respect for the game. I am not as bad as some people who say they ‘hate’ him, I just take him for what he is. But he’s someone I’d like to smack about!

“He can fight, they can all fight at this level. I am ready to go in July. I just want big names and I need to fight big names to get me up for a fight. I’ve been doing this for a long time.”

Brook also had a message for rising American star Errol Spence Jr, who became the first fighter to stop former world champion Chris Algieri in New York at the weekend and immediately called out the IBF champion.

Spence Jr’s stunning fifth-round win moved him up the rankings but still needs to beat Konstantin Ponomarev in an eliminator to become the mandatory challenger.

“He’s still not heard of as a big name but he’s definitely showing he’s starting to fight and it will be interesting when he becomes the mandatory and we have to get it on,” said Brook.

“But I just wonder if he’s got a taste of Jeff Lacy about him, this big hype thing – and look what Joe Calzaghe did to him.

“I don’t know but I have a feeling like that about him. But we won’t know until we get it on.”

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Kell Brook Would Absolutely Destroy Adrien Broner – Hearn

As previously reported, former four division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24KOs) is returning to the welterweight division
Over the last few years, Broner has had three fights in the welterweight division. He won a split decision over Paulie Malignaggi in 2013, lost a twelve round decision to Marcos Maidana in the fall of the same year, and suffered a twelve round decision loss to Shawn Porter last June at a catch-weight of 144.
Five of his last six fights took place in the junior welterweight division.
Earlier this month, Broner stopped British fighter Ashley Theophane in nine rounds. He was unable to make the junior welterweight limit and came in at 140.4-pounds. While the overage seemed a bit minor on paper, Broner stated that his body gave out and he was no longer capable of making the division limit.
While discussing his intention to move back to welterweight, he also revealed his immediate goal of capturing another world title at the weight.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25KOs), is prepared to give Broner a shot as soon as possible. Money won’t be an issue, but Hearn believes Broner will never accept that fight for any amount of financial compensation.
Hearn has a close working relationship with Broner’s adviser, Al Haymon, so putting together a deal would not be a problem. Regardless of the purse or the fight location, Hearn expects Broner to turn the fight down.
“Adrien Broner would not fight Kell Brook in a million years at 147-pounds. He would get absolutely destroyed against Kell Brook. You don’t play with Kell Brook by coming in ill prepared, heavy. This kid has got it all. Just ask anyone in boxing. That’s why it’s so difficult getting him these fights,” Hearn told
“If Broner wants a shot at a title at 147, he’s got it – but he won’t do it.”

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Kell Brook rival ‘demands’ $5m for Sheffield clash

Danny Garica is rumoured to have put a five million dollar price tag on any possible fight with Kell Brook in Sheffield.

IBF champion Brook is desperate to unify the welterweight division and has told his promoter Eddie Hearn that the American rival’s WBC belt is his top pick.

Speculation over the pond is that Garcia would travel to England, most likely for a July outdoor show at Bramall Lane, if he is guaranteed a five million dollar purse (more than three and a half million pounds.)

Brook is a proud athlete and showed over the failed negotiations with Amir Khan that he would not be short-changed.

So if the rumours are true Hearn will be doing his sums to see if a Pay Per View show would be a financial success as well as a global spectacle.

Certainly, Garcia v Brook would be a mouth-watering clash. The 28-year-old from Philadelphia has an unblemished 32-fight winning career, taking the scalps of Robert Guerrero, Lamont Peterson and Erik Morales along the way…as well as stopping Khan, four years ago in Las Vegas.

More than half of his victims have failed to last the distance against him.

Garcia has boxed in Puerto Rico and Mexico, so has been prepared to go to other countries when it suits him.

A few days ago Adrien Broner suggested he would fight Garcia, despite the fact the pair are friends.

Interestingly, Brook also asked twitter followers this week “Who would love to see me fight @AdrienBroner RT to make it happen this summer!”

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Kell Brook & Adam Etches to attempt 24hr run to raise money for Nick Blackwell

IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook, & local boxer Adam Etches, take to the treadmill this weekend as they attempt a 24-hour endurance run, hoping to cover 120 miles. The local boxers will take on the challenge to raise funds for Weston Park Cancer Charity and injured boxer Nick Blackwell. Blackwell, aged 25, is recovering from an induced coma, after suffering a bleed in the brain following his fight on Saturday night at Wembley Arena.

‘The Blackwell Run’ will begin at 3pm this Saturday, April 2nd, at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton, Sheffield. Following victorious wins in their hometown last weekend, both Adam & Kell are ready to take on the challenge and run through night and day until the finish line approaches at 3pm on Sunday, April 3rd.

Adam Etches commented, “If I’m honest I’m not looking forward to it! I can’t wait until it’s over but we’re focussed on getting the job done and raising as much money for Nick Blackwell and Weston Park as we possibly can. It will be tough but it’s all for a good cause!”

Etches continued, “It’s going to be a long 24 hour slog and we’ll need fuel to keep us going so we’d love it if as many people can come and visit us to cheer us on, and even bring us some bananas, jelly babies or Lucozade! Kell and I will also be ready to have a cheeky selfie with anyone that comes down to show their support.”

George Forsyth, General Manager at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton, commented: “We’re really looking forward to hosting this amazing challenge and invite you all to come and cheer the boys on. We’re hoping to raise lots of money for Nick Blackwell and Weston Park but can’t do it without everyone’s support!”

To show your support please make a donation via the link below and visit the boys at Napoleons Owlerton this weekend.

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Jessie Vargas or Tim Bradley most likely next for Kell Brook

THE much spoken of, major summer fight that Kell Brook needs could see the IBF welterweight champion lining up against WBO champion Jessie Vargas or Tim Bradley.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn sees those two men as the most likely options. “It’s really difficult. Honestly, because Kell’s not a huge name in America. They know him and [the Kevin Bizier fight] would have been seen over there. I think they don’t look at Kell Brook and fancy that one. Charles Martin’s a good example, could have stayed in America, had a couple of defences. You pay the big money, they’ve got no choice. So you’ve got to find the big money for Kell. It is difficult,” Hearn confesses.

“While it would be wonderful to fight Vargas for the two belts, Bradley’s much bigger. Brook-Bradley’s a great fight. I’ve always wanted him to fight Bradley. I’m so desperate to make it because I know he can beat him. He’s that good. I know it’s easy to say that.

“[Kevin] Bizier is tough. [Danny] Garcia wouldn’t have done that to him. They might have stopped him in eight, nine, 10 rounds. The punches aren’t the same. Kell is switching southpaw without even thinking… He just does things so naturally. He sees the gaps. That’s the frustrating thing. We’ve got a British fighter that I think can be an elite fighter. He is an elite fighter but he hasn’t had the elite fights yet, other than [Shawn] Porter. That was a long time ago.”