At Mantality, we understand the importance and the impact that an elite sporting event can have; careers can be made, dreams can be realised and a generation can be inspired. Two elite boxers will be facing off against one another in early September when Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook collide in London in a super fight of epic proportions. Before the grandeur of Golovkin vs Brook, we felt compelled to discuss the potential outcomes of the fight.
On September 10th, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin’s (35-0) faces Kell ‘Special K’ Brook (36-0) in a battle of undefeated champions. Golovkin’s IBF, WBC, and WBO middleweight belts will be on the line in front of a sold out O2 arena where Brook will be making his middleweight debut after jumping up two weight classes from welterweight. ‘GGG’ has looked unstoppable since turning professional after a 345-5 amateur run, amassing 32 knockouts in 35 professional bouts and is currently riding a 21 fight knockout streak. With Brook’s move up to middleweight mirroring the recent path that British welterweight rival Amir Khan took as he stepped up to face Canelo Alvarez, Brook will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the brutal knockout that Khan suffered. Whenever a fighter changes weight classes, there is always an air of mystique and intrigue surrounding their performance and this fight is no different. Brook is an unknown quantity at 160 pounds, but has proven to be at an elite level at welterweight. Giving up 13 pounds to fight Golovkin, who is considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best boxer on the planet, is a brave move for the Sheffield native and one that should be applauded. However, besting ‘GGG’ may well be a bridge too far for Brook and if the odds are anything to go by then Brook has a gargantuan task ahead of him, with many sports books labelling him as a 6/1 underdog.
However, completely ruling Brook out is not a wise decision, regardless of the odds. He will be moving up weight classes for his upcoming bout, but by no means is there a huge size difference between him and his opponent in terms of body dimensions. With Brook standing at 5’9” with a 69” reach, Golovkin has a marginal size advantage being just over 5’10” tall with a 70” reach. However, one wonders whether Brook at 160 pounds will be able to match the power of Golovkin; he is naturally a heavier, larger man than Brook. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, ‘GGG’ acknowledged that Brook ‘was not a small guy’ and that his ‘moving and dancing’ would be best option he has if he hopes to cause him problems and prolong the fight. As a naturally large welterweight, Brook might not have as tough a transition to middleweight as some people think. Britain’s WBC cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew, has spoken of Brook’s tough weight cut to make the welterweight limit of 147 pounds and has told the BBC that ‘“Brook at 11 stone will be an absolute wrecking machine”. There is no doubting the power and finesse of Brook at welterweight, who has recorded 26 knockouts thus far in his career and currently has consecutive knockouts over Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier. If Bellew is correct and Brook’s technique and athletic prowess will translate well at welterweight, plus if Brook follows Golovkin’s own advice in regards to movement, the sports books could be making a significant loss on September 10th.
One of Gennady Golvkin’s nicknames is ‘The God of War’ and the Kazakh has looked unbeatable during his domination of the middleweight division. Is Gennady Golovkin really a God? Probably not, but his career certainly has all the markings of a future hall of famer. The ring craft that he has shown throughout his career has been phenomenal, with Golovkin able to use his knowledge and experience to cut off the space in the ring and force opponents into his world; a world of precision and power. The power in Golovkin’s hands has been evident in each of his professional wins and it is likely that Kell Brook will not have experienced such force at welterweight level. If Brook can manage to evade the power shots of ‘GGG’, the Kazakh has a homing-missile for a jab. That jab could be used to open up Brook if he elects to keep his distance and it would perhaps be a matter of time until the jab has taken its toll and the power shots start to land. Brook may well even tag Golovkin, but with ‘GGG’ never being knocked down in any of his professional or amateur bouts, his chin looks to be concrete. Gennady Golovkin is a perfect storm of a boxer and despite explaining to The Daily Mirror that Brook ‘is the biggest test’ of his career, logic tells us that the belts will remain with the knockout king from Kazakhstan.
Regardless of the result, Kell Brook will walk away from the ring knowing that he accepted a challenge that few were willing to accept. The difference in power and in natural size will certainly be a factor in the outcome of the fight and in that respect the odds are stacked against ‘Special K’. Nonetheless, upsets are part and parcel of sporting competition and the sport of boxing has seen more than its fair share. Despite the mercurial levels of performance displayed by Golovkin that many expect to continue in the future, a Brook win is not out of the question. Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson when Tyson was destroying everyone in his path and the world was stunned. It was an incredible turn of events. Will Kell Brook have a ‘Buster Douglas moment’? No one can say at this point, but Gennady Golovkin will be doing everything in his power to prevent it. When all is said and done, someone’s ‘0’ must go and from what I have seen from both of these competitors, I believe that Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin will emerge victorious, with his record intact and with a rapturous crowd applauding the efforts of two world class boxers.