Golovkin vs Brook

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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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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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.”