Kell Brook could make his comeback against Canelo Alvarez after being humbled by Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook could be in line to make his fighting comeback against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez next Spring, according to Eddie Hearn.
Brook’s promoter revealed there is ‘interest’ in a May showdown from American cable network HBO, who screen the Mexican’s fights.
In the wake of Brook’s impressive efforts in defeat against Gennady Golovkin on Saturday, the 30-year-old is still waiting to learn if he will require surgery on a broken eyesocke

But plans are already in motion for the fighter to return against marquee opposition, with a three-man shortlist of Alvarez, Amir Khan and four-weight world champion Miguel Cotto.

Hearn told Sportsmail: ‘There is already interest from HBO in a fight between Canelo Alvarez and Kell next May. That’s a fight Kell would absolutely love and has said so to me himself.

‘Common sense would also suggest that the fight Britain wants to see with Amir Khan should also be possible.

‘Then there’s Miguel Cotto, which would be a huge fight. They are the three main ones we are looking at for his comeback. We want to go straight into a big one.’
Having fought Golovkin for the Kazakh’s middleweight world titles, Brook has retained his IBF welterweight belt.

Chris Eubank Jr comments on Kell Brook slammed by Dominic Ingle

Dominic Ingle has returned fire at Chris Eubank Jr over the decision to retire Kell Brook from his title clash with Gennady Golovkin.

Eubank Jr took to social media in the wake of Ingle throwing in the towel in the fifth to offer Golovkin a bout and state that his corner “doesn’t own towels.”

Ingle has swiftly hit back, telling talkSPORT: “When Chris Eubank Jnr boxed Billy Joe Saunders, the first five rounds were a non-event. That wasn’t fighting.

“So it is no good Eubank Jnr talking about fighting to the death. For the first five rounds against Billy Joe Saunders, he stood and looked at the guy and lost the fight. That is the simple answer.

“I’ve had 30 years’ experience in boxing. I have been in hundreds of title fights, I have got plenty of knowledge and I have seen the worst-case scenarios.

“It is just ironic that Chris Eubank and his father were both in fights where fighters were critically injured. It just shows their ignorance.

“Fighters will always fight to the death. Sometimes that is their undoing. It is down to the trainer with responsibility to realise sometimes you have to live to fight another day.”

Brook was taken to hospital after the clash with Golovkin and scans revealed a broken eye socket.

Kell Brook to undergo surgery on shattered eye socket suffered during Gennady Golovkin defeat

Kell Brook will have surgery on Monday to repair his shattered face after scans confirmed Gennady Golovkin broke his eye socket.

Brook was taken to hospital after being stopped in five rounds by Golovkin at the O2 and X-rays revealed he has a fracture.

Kell Brook will have surgery on Monday to repair his shattered face after scans confirmed Gennady Golovkin broke his eye socket.

Brook was taken to hospital after being stopped in five rounds by Golovkin at the O2 and X-rays revealed he has a fracture.

The IBF welterweight king will head back to Sheffield today and will have surgery in his hometown tomorrow.

Brook, 30, will not fight again this year following his first pro loss.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the news, tweeting: “Thanks for the messages re @SpecialKBrook. Now left hospital – confirmed broken eye socket op on Monday in Sheffield.”

Kell Brook will have surgery on Monday to repair his shattered face after scans confirmed Gennady Golovkin broke his eye socket.

Brook was taken to hospital after being stopped in five rounds by Golovkin at the O2 and X-rays revealed he has a fracture.

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The IBF welterweight king will head back to Sheffield today and will have surgery in his hometown tomorrow.

Brook, 30, will not fight again this year following his first pro loss.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the news, tweeting: “Thanks for the messages re @SpecialKBrook. Now left hospital – confirmed broken eye socket op on Monday in Sheffield.”

Kell Brook vows to fight on after suffering first professional defeat to Gennady Golovkin
GettyKell Brook’s corner throw in the towel in the fifth round to end the fight during the World Middleweight Title contest with Gennady GolovkinBrook’s corner threw in the towel in the fifth round
Brook bravely fought on for three rounds after suffering the fracture in the second round.

His trainer Dominic Ingle waved the towel, asking referee Marlon Wright to call it off, and his actions saved Brook for sustaining career-threatening injuries.

Ingle was booed by some of the fans when he tried to explain his decision in the ring and was visibly upset.

Hearn defended Brook’s trainer, claiming the fans did not understand how hurt Brook was.

“I know it was not the ending the fans wanted, but I thought Dominic did a great job,” he said.

Golovkin defended Ingle, saying: “I respect his corner and coach because in the last round, he was in pain.

“I think they were smart.”

Gennady Golovkin defended Dominic Ingle’s decision to throw in the towel
Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez felt Brook’s corner could even have acted sooner.

“I was worried they were not going to stop it,” said the Mexican. “I was worried there were going to be too late.

“If you look back at it, there were eight or nine shots coming in on Kell. He couldn’t defend himself and those are the ones that can really cause damage to a fighter.”

Brook is adamant he will return to the ring and tweeted: “Thanks for the tweets. I’m out of hospital. Need op next week. But we will be fine and I’ll be back.”

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Golovkin vs Brook: Carl Froch believes Kell Brook can cause Gennady Golovkin problems

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.

Watch Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook, live on Sky Sports Box Office from The O2, on September 10. Book the event via your Sky remote or online here.

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Golovkin vs Brook: James DeGale hopes Kell Brook can upset Gennady Golovkin

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.

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Kell Brook v Gennady Golovkin: Brook aims to emulate Sugar Ray Leonard

Britain’s Kell Brook aims to emulate Sugar Ray Leonard when he challenges middleweight king Gennady Golovkin at London’s O2 on Saturday.

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, is jumping two weight divisions to take on unbeaten knockout artist Golovkin.

Welterweight great Leonard came out of retirement in 1987 to beat world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler.

“I want to do what Leonard did with Hagler – use my speed, my footwork and box the perfect fight,” said Brook.

“I do fear him. Of course I do. I know he’s a big puncher and that nobody wants to fight him for a reason.

“But the fear is positive because it’s going to make me super-sharp with cat-like reactions.

“You could see the fear in Leonard’s eyes when he was in with Hagler – that’s why he was so sharp and zoomed in.”

Sheffield’s Brook, 30, is unbeaten in 36 professional contests and has made three defences of the IBF welterweight belt he won from American Shawn Porter in 2014.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 34, is unbeaten in 35 pro contests, has 32 knockouts to his name and is thought by some to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

If Brook manages to beat Golovkin it would be an even bigger upset than Leonard’s victory over the fearsome Hagler, who had not lost for 11 years.

However, while some observers have called the fight a mismatch, Brook believes he might be more effective at 160lb than he was at 147lb.

At the final check weigh-in on 3 September, Brook weighed 168lb, five pounds heavier than his rival.

“I’m interested in seeing what I can do at middleweight because I’m not draining myself and gaunt at the weight,” said Brook, one of 14 current British world champions.

“I’m going to be fully hydrated and healthy and bring the speed and the power. I’m excited at how much energy and excitement I’ll be giving to everyone once that bell goes.”

Brook is attempting to succeed where domestic rival Amir Khan failed – Bolton’s Khan jumped two weight divisions to fight then WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in May and was knocked out in six rounds.

Golovkin, whose WBA title is not on the line against Brook, is one of the most avoided boxers in the world – Mexico’s Alvarez chose to vacate his WBC title rather than fight him.

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Kell Brook shows off impressive physique after adding extra bulk to face Gennady Golovkin

If there was any lingering doubt as to whether Kell Brook would be able to move up two weight divisions for his mega fight then this image should dispel those concerns.
With his added bulk, the unbeaten Sheffield fighter looks in impressive shape ahead of his meeting with feared WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his belts at the O2 next Saturday.
Posing during a training session, Brook flexed and roared at the camera, posting the image to Instagram with the caption: ‘Week out… Let’s get it… #WarReady.’

A natural welterweight, Brook is the IBF champion in that division – and has the unenviable task of trying to beat the heavy-handed Kazakhstan, who has knocked-out 32 of his 35 opponents. No-one has gone the distance with him since 2008.
Brook boldly stepped forward to accept the challenge, after negotiations between Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr fell through and although ‘Triple G’ is the strong favourite, the Brit was confident of the task at hand.
‘This is my dream. No British fighter in history has got a win like this one. Every single day I’m pushing myself to get this win. I’m very confident and I’m big, strong and heavy. I’m ready to rip into Golovkin.

‘I will find a way to win. These fighters who’ve been in with him have already lost before they went in. I’ve faced death in the face and this is fun to me.’
Should Brook claim easily the biggest scalp on his resume, he would have surpassed the efforts of rival Amir Khan, who himself moved up to middleweight, but was viciously seen off by Canelo Alvarez back in May.
Callum and Paul Smith, Gavin McDonnell and Kid Galahad have all been confirmed on the under-card for the sold-out show in London which will be live on Sky Box Office.

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Kell Brook trainer: Gennady Golovkin’s power overrides a lot of his mistakes

KELL BROOK fights Gennady Golovkin, perhaps the most fearsome puncher in the sport, on September 10. He is up against it. But he knows that, and so does his trainer, Dominic Ingle, who here explains the decisions behind agreeing to the fight.

People need to understand, Kell’s 30 years old and he wants the big fights. Realistically, people are pricing themselves out of fights. I think America got quite a shock when he beat Shawn Porter, because the [Danny] Garcias, the [Keith] Thurmans, the [Juan Manuel] Marquez’s, they were all at ringside for that fight. Compared to Kell, stature-wise, they’re tiny. So why would they want to fight him? So obviously, taking this fight, people will say it’s for the money – he’s had 36 fights, he makes decent money – he relishes a challenge, Kell. That’s the thing, we knew two or three days before this was announced that the Eubank negotiations had gone down the swanny, and we’d considered it [a fight with Golovkin] before. We were trying to get a fight with [Amir] Khan, and I think it was Kell’s dad who went over and spoke with Khan’s dad and they said, ‘Yeah, I think we can do this fight.’ Then three days after that they pulled Canelo [Alvarez] out the bag, and Kell said, ‘Well, you could argue that’s a better fight than me, he’s pulled a fast one there. If there’s a lot of money, he lives to fight another day and he can come back to me.’ That’s when someone suggested fighting Golovkin. In boxing, anything’s possible, you never know. So it was always in the back of my mind. Ultimately, Kell wants to be the best, he wants to fight the best guys. He’s had the IBF welterweight title for two years, obviously there were injuries, and it knocked his momentum. This fight, it was an easy enough decision to make, it was easy to negotiate, according to [promoter] Eddie [Hearn].

What about the jump in weight?

Kell’s not a small kid, his natural fighting weight probably is 160lbs [middleweight], he’s just got the ability to make 147lbs [welterweight] and then get back into the ring in decent shape and deal with that weight loss. Obviously as you get older it gets a little harder to do. It can affect your performance, but because we have him under a strict regime, we monitor him at Sheffield Hallam University, we measure his weight loss, his strength at particular weights. He doesn’t lose strength when he gets to welterweight. They’re the type of things you can tell during the training, how he is at particular weights. So at 160lbs, he won’t have had to go through two or three weeks of that weight loss regime leading up to it, which does take stuff out of you. Without going through the process of getting to 147lbs, he’ll be a strong middleweight, he’s sparring between 156 and 160lbs when he’s training for a welterweight fight, and he looks strong at that weight, and he’s actually sparring bigger kids. What he’s losing as an advantage of being a big welterweight he’s gaining by being a middleweight, because he hasn’t got to go through that extra regime.

Without revealing your tactics, what do you make of Golovkin as a fighter?

His power overrides a lot of his mistakes. He’s not the best boxer in the world. I’ve been watching his fights for a long time and in one of his earlier fights when he boxed Osumanu Adama [w rsf 7 – 2014], he’s not the finished article. He looks all over the place, he’s just got that raw power. Obviously Abel Sanchez has refined him, smartened him up, he’s a much better fighter. He can punch, he throws good body shots, he doesn’t mind taking shots, he walks through them. I know people can say Kell’s not really boxed anybody yet, but I think they’re both in the same position, though the difference is there are better fighters in the welterweight division. Apart from Golovkin at middleweight, who can you really rate? The division isn’t what it once was, with fighters all fighting each other. In this age, there aren’t those fighters there to test him. It’s about who can stick to the game plan, who can handle the shots. Golovkin does have power, he’s strong, he’ll have to be a little bit cautious with Kell, so Kell will have to be super cautious. A good marker is Martin Murray, he did exceptionally well. He just looked, when he first got in there, that he knew he was up against it and the belief only came in about halfway through the fight. It took Golovkin, after having him down, 11 rounds. If Murray had a little more belief he could have done even better. Murray’s a very tough fighter, but he’s not the most skilful, and he made it to the 11th, and that’s where I think Kell will be able to get his shots off because he’s a very good boxer. Everything can change on fight night, though.

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Kell Brook weighs in 11lb heavier than Gennady Golovkin at 30-day check

Kell Brook was 11lb heavier than Gennady Golovkin as he weighed in on the 176lb 30-day limit for their middleweight world title fight.
Brook is stepping up from the 147lb welterweight division to challenge the champion from Kazakhstan on September 10 in London.
But he appears to have allayed fears over the size difference as Golovkin scaled just 165lb on Wednesday.

Golovkin will put his WBA, IBF and WBC titles on the line at The O2 in London and the latter governing body insists on both 30-day and seven-day check weigh-ins.
Both boxers were required not to weigh more than 10 per cent more than the 160lb middleweight limit on Wednesday and must scale within five per cent (168lb) a week before they touch gloves.
But Brook, who holds the IBF belt at welterweight, has no concerns about moving up two divisions.
‘I’m very healthy at 160lbs,’ he said. ‘I’m hydrated and eating well, nice sized meals that are giving me so much energy and I’m giving more of myself in the gym. I’m getting pushed in the gym and I’m delivering.

‘I want to go down in history like Sugar Ray Robinson as doing massive things in big fights and beating the best – GGG is the best fighter in the world, and I am going to beat him.
‘I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight.
‘It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport.’

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‘I’ll be the same size as Gennady Golovkin on the night,’ declares Kell Brook

KELL BROOK says his monster clash with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin for the WBA, WBC and IBF world middleweight titles at The O2 in London on September 10 live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO World Championship Boxing is his chance to prove he is an elite fighter.

Brook welcomed Golovkin to London yesterday for the UK press conference ahead of their clash and the unbeaten IBF welterweight king bristled with confidence as the packed press rows that he had finally landed the blockbuster clash to showcase the skills that landed him the moniker of ‘The Special One’.

“This is the biggest fight in world boxing – I’m so excited,” said Brook. “I’m the best welterweight in the world and no-one wants to fight me, he’s the best middleweight in the world and no one wants him. I’ll be his size on the night and I’m bringing the speed to middleweight. To be the best you have to beat the best.

“I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight.

“It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport.”

Brook is moving up to 160lbs to face the feared Kazakh KO machine and it’s a move that he says he’s already feeling the benefit of in his Spanish training camp.

“I’m very healthy at 160lbs,” said Brook. “I’m hydrated and eating well, nice sized meals that are giving me so much energy and I’m giving more of myself in the gym. I’m getting pushed in the gym and I’m delivering. I want to go down in history like Sugar Ray Robinson as doing massive things in big fights and beating the best – GGG is the best fighter in the world, and I am going to beat him.”

Brook’s clash with Golovkin is part of a huge night of action at the sold-out Greenwich venue and one of three world title clashes bitter rivals Lee Haskins and Stuart Hall rematch four years after their first fight, this time with Haskins’ IBF world bantamweight crown on the line and Charlie Edwards lands a world title shot in just his ninth pro fight as he takes on IBF Flyweight king Johnriel Casimero.

Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend clash for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title and Conor Benn tastes his fourth night of action in the paid ranks, with more fights to be added soon.

Gennady Golovkin says Kell Brook’s size makes him a genuine threat

Gennady Golovkin is expecting Kell Brook to give him the toughest test of his unbeaten career to date.

The middleweight star and the ‘Special One’ went face-to-face in London on Monday for the final time until fight week, with the Sky Sports Box Office event taking place at The O2, on September 10.

Golovkin (35-0-KO32) admits he was surprised at Brook’s size when they first met in New York last week and with the welterweight moving up two divisions, the WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion now knows what he is dealing with.

Gennady Golovkin is expecting Kell Brook to give him the toughest test of his unbeaten career to date.

The middleweight star and the ‘Special One’ went face-to-face in London on Monday for the final time until fight week, with the Sky Sports Box Office event taking place at The O2, on September 10.

Golovkin (35-0-KO32) admits he was surprised at Brook’s size when they first met in New York last week and with the welterweight moving up two divisions, the WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion now knows what he is dealing with.

“The first time I looked at him I thought: ‘Wow! 147? No way!’,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He is my size, like he’s at 160. I am not a big guy so it is very close for us. Right now I realise he is a true test and the biggest test for us.

It’s a big present for me but now I realise this is a big present for everyone.

“This is the biggest test for me. It is not a big difference because he is the same size, he’s strong and I think he has a different boxing style and speed – but there isn’t a lot of difference.”

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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.”