The one thing I do know is Gennady Golovkin is in for the toughest test of his career so far. Yes, he is one of the best fighters out there, but the fact that I had him eighth in my pound-for-pound list shows you I do not think he is the best around.
That may be because we haven’t really seen him in with anyone who could really push him, but that is one thing I am looking forward to seeing on Saturday. We will learn more about Golovkin.
Will he win? Here and now, I would say yes, but regardless of going up to middleweight, Kell is in a no-lose situation and I do know, and please excuse the pun, the lad is Special.
When it comes to his defence, his range and his timing, he is a nightmare. I know it was a few years ago as I was getting ready to fight Andre Dirrell, but I sparred with Kell and I did not enjoy it in the slightest.
Kell was awkward, he was impossible to hit and although it was only two or three rounds, I do remember thinking “this kid is going to go all the way and become a world champion”.
He might not be a Naseem Hamed, but he had that Ingle awkwardness that made him hard to get close to and hit. When I did get in, that right over the top kept landing.
In the end, I just had to walk him down and then, using my weight, shove him back. But as I said, it was a nightmare spar back then. It could be the same for Golovkin on Saturday night, but the fact that I eventually managed to use my size, I still think that will have a big say.
Don’t get me wrong, Kell looks good and looks well moving up two divisions, but there are weight class rules in boxing for a reason. I would have possibly gone up to light-heavyweight at a push but not cruiserweight, which makes this is a big, big ask.
Kell is used to getting down to 147lbs, and although it looks like it’s been a struggle for a while and going up to middle might be easier, his body just won’t be ready to take heavier shots – and we know that is one thing Golovkin has got. Power.
We will see if Kell causes him the nightmare I had back in 2009. We will see just how good Golovkin actually is becuse I do think he will see some of the things I did back then.
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