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.

‘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.”