Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook
BY KID HERSH
From the O2 Arena in London came the highly anticipated matchup between the undefeated welterweight champion and the undefeated middleweight champion. Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32KO's) vs Kell Brook (36-0, 25KO's) in a highly anticipated matchup that everyone has been waiting for. Despite it being a good welterweight vs a very good middleweight it's a "scintillating" matchup indeed, due to Brook being no worse than any other opponent Golovkin has been blowing out of the water. The first round was very fast paced, with GGG coming forward right off the bat and throwing lots of jabs and left hooks. GGGs left hook simply could not miss, making Brook stumble a little over midway through the round as he was already damaged from it. Both fighters ended the round marked up though from the fast and accurate pace. In the second round Brook did an excellent job of boxing GGG from the outside and turning his man. he was throwing punches in bunches and landed a head snapping uppercut that seemed to momentarily stun GGG. In the third round GGG turned the tide back in his favor as he came out pressing hard, pushing Brook backwards again like he was in the first round. Still though, he was giving Brook a lot of distance and not keeping the pressure on him hard enough to make him think. Instead, he was letting off the gas and allowing Brook to set and fire shots back from the distance and range and angles that he wants. By the start of the fourth round Brooks right eye was really swelling up from GGGs jab and constant left hooks not missing. Brook was landing great in spots at this point but not able to maintain a consistent attack to win rounds like he did in the second. GGG came out smelling blood in the fifth round, pressing heavily and throwing heavy punches at Brook, who was no longer answering. He did not look terrible in there as he postured at times but yet his stamina was waning as he took lots of heavy damage. His corner threw in the towel to the surprise of mostly everyone, leaving the debate wide open on if it was too soon or not. I think almost everyone will label this as an early stoppage, far too early, but yet I would argue what was Brook going to do? He has dished out his best punches and GGG has eaten them up while beating him down. GGG came out in the fifth looking for the stoppage and it's better to just stop it at that point - is what his corner is thinking.
In the post fight Brook even stated that he would rather get knocked out because of what is at stake in this fight. GGG on the other hand gave himself a 3 or 4 rating on a 10 scale, saying he didn't use his boxing skill and was just looking to knock his man out. He shot down the sick rumors from yesterday, saying that he was not sick at all. When Abel Sanchez was interviewed he said that GGG was just annoyed from the long car ride to the weight in and wanted to leave - not that he was sick or anything.
On a separate note it was really, really hard to watch and listen to Jim Lampley and Bernard Hopkins in this one. Both guys were a bit off....with Lampley just not sharp and constantly trying to save BHop, who couldn't put a full sentence together tonight.