James DeGale insists Kell Brook’s swift hand speed could be the key to victory when he tries to topple the fearsome Gennady Golovkin.
IBF welterweight champion Brook is stepping up two weight divisions to challenge Golovkin, the world’s No 1 middleweight, at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Golovkin carries a daunting unbeaten record, featuring 32 stoppages in his 35 victories, while Brook is also yet to suffer a defeat in his 36 professional fights.
DeGale will be watching Golovkin-Brook with interest after being named as a possible future opponent for ‘GGG’, but the IBF super-middleweight champion believes his fellow Brit could ruin the Kazakh’s plans if he displays his searing speed and elusive footwork.
“I honestly think it’s going to be a good scrap,” DeGale told Sky Sports. “It’s hard to look past Golovkin, it’s hard to think that a welterweight is going to beat him.
“But Brook is a very, very big welterweight. There is not much size difference. He’s come from good pedigree, he’s unbeaten, he’s confident. If he uses his feet, his speed, I think he could give him trouble. Hopefully he pulls it off, but it’s hard to look past Golovkin.
“You would have to go with the favourite, but I’m hoping Kell Brook can pull off the shock and beat him and become a two-time world champion, 100 per cent.”
DeGale is expected to battle WBC champion Badou Jack in a unification clash later this year, which could establish the Londoner as the best fighter in the division.
If Golovkin emerges victorious this weekend, then DeGale would welcome a showdown at his weight of 168lbs and would be ‘100 per cent’ confident of victory.
“Golovkin is a beast,” said DeGale. “He’s pound-for-pound probably one of the best in the world, but when he moves up in weight, I think he’s going to get tested.