The money in boxing at the moment is extraordinary. Management teams such as Matchroom Sport and Mayweather Promotions generate as much attention possible around the biggest fights so they can basically print money at the expense of the TV companies.
But in recent years it has left me wondering how many of these fights are really worth all the money. Brook and Golovkin are two of the top fighters in the sport right now, so will their fight live up to expectations?
Mayweather vs Pacquaio was last year’s biggest bout and is well know as a let down for the boxing purists. Two men in the twilight of their careers getting one last pay cheque they were never really out there to perform. But with Golovkin vs Brook we have two men at the peak of their prowess, aiming to win everything they can before their bodies start slowing down. Here’s all the stuff you need to know to decide who your money should go on this time round.
Who are they?
Kell Brook is 30 years old, from Sheffield, and is the current IBF Welterwight World Champion. His professional record stands at 36 wins from 36 fights with 25 of those coming from knockouts.
Gennady Golovkin, or GGG, was born in Kazakhstan and holds all four unified world champion belts (IBF, WBA, WBC and IBO) for the Middleweight division. He is four years older than Brook but has fought one less pro fight. He is also unbeaten and knocked his opponent out in 32 of his 35 bouts.
What do they do best?
Kell Brook is well known for his excellent footwork and reflexes when drawing someone in for a punch, having been coached in the famous Ingle Gym all his life. However, in order to fight Golovkin, he has had to move up two weight divisions. Despite Brook always being naturally big for his normal fighting weight, it will be interesting to see how he copes when in the ring with someone that is used to that kind of size.
GGG is much more of a pressure fighter. Known for having one of the strongest chins in the business he doesn’t mind taking the odd punch as long as he can give one back. A calculated approach to power punching is also a massive strength of Golovkin as he manages to inflict the most pain possible with each blow giving him the most successful knockout ratio in the history of all Middleweights – 91.4%.
The Weigh In
Brook weighs in at 159.4 lbs which is actually a little bit heavier than Golovkin at 158.9 lbs. Like I said earlier, many are expecting the fight to be decided on how Brook copes with the extra weight when trying to move around the ring.
What’s on offer?
For this bout it is Golovkin has it all to lose, but is the clear favourite with most bookies (1/6). Brook will have his eyes on all four of Golovkin’s Middleweight belts and is available at odds of around 4/1.
The fight actually came about due to problems organising deals with what was seen as the ideal opponent. Golovkin was in talks to fight British Middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr and Brook was expected to attempt to gain another Welterweight Belt up against Jessie Vargas. The failure of these contracts on both sides set up this unusual blockbuster.
How can I see it?
The fight is being held at the O2 Arena in London, this Saturday, and they are expected to be walking out at around 10:30pm. You can watch it on Sky Box Office for about £17.
The coverage will be starting from around 6pm onwards. There is a brilliant undercard including the exciting ConnorBenn, son of Nigel, and European Super Middle Weight champion Callum Smith
Win or lose Kell Brook is still a very successful boxer in his natural Welterweight and will continue to be so. But he really does think this is his moment to shine. If he was to take down the seemingly unbeatable Golovkin it will be one of the biggest boxing upsets of all time and he will always be remembered as a British legend. So who will be the new pound for pound king? I definitely can’t make my mind up.