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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.

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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.”