Golovkin Defeats Brook by 5th Round Stoppage
by: Michael Tula (BTP Sports)
September 10th, 2016 — Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33KOs) defeated Kell Brook (36-1, 25KOs) via a 5th round stoppage at the O2 Arena in London. Trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel to save his fighter Kell Brook from further damage.
“I am devastated. I think he broke my eye,” said Brook in his post-fight interview.
Golovkin was originally slated to square up against Chris Eubanks Jr before negotiations fell apart. Per Nick Parkinson of ESPN, Christ Eubanks Jr father’s “crazy demands” were too much to overcome to finalize a deal. Instead, Golovkin was left to face off against Brook — a natural welterweight who moved up from 147 to 160 for the Golovkin fight.
Kell Brook is the most talented fighter GGG has faced so far and both fighters provided fans with an entertaining fight before the stoppage. While Brook landed clean shots with regularity (drawing blood from GGG’s nose) and made GGG miss wildly early on, GGG eventually wore Brook down. Former middleweight champion Carl Froch boiled the fight’s result down to one thing: weight.
Brook (who suffered a broken eye socket) admitted afterwards that he is better suited at the welterweight/junior welterweight division. He wants to face the winner of the Canelo/Smith fight at 154 next.
The win moves Golovkin to 36-0 (33 KO’s). Billy Joe Saunders and Danny Jacobs are likely candidates for GGG’s next bout.