Golovkin says Kell Brook is too small to fight
(Photo credit: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Now that IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has talen Dominic Wade’s scalp by virtue of his 2nd round knockout win last Night in Inglewood, California, golovkin is hoping to get a bigger fight against WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez for Sepember in a unficiaion fight.
It’s unclear wheher Canelo will ake the fight with Golovkin because he has a big decision to make about whether it makes sense for him to make that move. One fighter we won’t be seeing Golovkin fight is IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs). Golovkin was asked last Saturday night whether he’s be agreeable to fighting he 29-year-old Brook, and he answer was no.
Golovkin says he 5’9” Brook is too small for him to fight. Brook is an inch and a half shorter than the 5’10 ½” Golovkin and has a reach that is one inch shorter. Brook looks like he comes into his fights in the 160s, possibly close to 165. What this really means is that Brook’s size disadvantage would be minimal.
Brook is arguably a junior middleweight at this point in his career that melts down to 147 to fight guys like Kevin Bizier, Frankie Gavin and Jo Jo Dan. Brook’s career has never really fulfilled the promise that some felt he had when he first turned pro 12 long years ago. Yeah, Brook captured the IBF belt two years ago in a clinch-filled fight against Shawn Porter, but he failed to do anything after winning the IBF belt and he’s now little more than a paper champion at welterweight.
“I think he’s too small,” Golovkin said when asked by Fighthype.com if he would be willing to fight Brook at a catch-weight of 157lbs. “My focus is on 160 middleweight division. Kell Brook and evergbody are just trash talking. If he’s ready, of course, I’ll fight Canelo because he’s middleweight champion. My focus is on middleweight division and the belts in the middleweight division. I don’t feel I’m the next [Mike Tyson]. Too much. I’m Triple G, Gennady Golovkin.”
Well, there it is. Brook is too small for the likes of Golovkin. I guess Brook can forget about name dropping Golovkin’s name in the future because it looks like he’s saying it’s a no sale situation. Golovkin wants a real middleweight, not a big welterweight.
Yeah, there’s no way on earth that Golovkin would melt down to fight Brook, because it wouldn’t be worth it. The money wouldn’t be good enough, and it would put Golovkin in the same boat at Canelo by fighting a welterweight. The flak that Golovkin would take would be something fierce from the boxing public, and it would be a no win type of situation.
Golovkin would likely blow Brook out of the water in two years, even with Brook clinging to him in a clinch likely, and the fans wouldn’t care because Brook is a welterweight with a completely padded record from top to bottom. I couldn’t see Brook doing any better than Dominic Wade. I think Wade would do a number on Brook if he showed interest in fighting him at a catch-weight.
“No one wants to go near Gennady Golovkin,” said Brook to IFL TV. “I’m saying live on camera, I will fight Golovkin. If we can come to a decision on weight, I’ll get in with Golovkin, and I’ll show you what I can really do. He’s a middleweight. I’m a welterweight. We’ve got to meet somewhere in the middle. That’s what we’d do if we sat around the table and sorted the weight out. We’d get in with Golovkin and show you what I can really do. I rise to the occasion every time. Believe you me, if I got in there with Golovkin, I’d go in there to win.”
It’s too bad Brook hasn’t done anything special with his career because if he were a big name, it would be an interesting fight for Golovkin. I mean, Brook has been a pro for 12 years now, and is about to turn 30. The only real win on his entire resume is his victory over Shawn Porter in 2014, and that wasn’t much of a victory due to all the holding Brook did in the fight.
Brook should have stepped it up years ago in fighting the likes of Marcos Maidana, Khan, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Errol Spence, Ruslan Provodnikov, Terence Crawford, Adrien Broner, Devon Alexander, Tim Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Austin Trout, Jermall Charlo, Vanes Martirosyan, Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo and Cornelius Bundrage. I threw in some junior middleweights due to how large Brook is for the welterweight class.
“I’ve also in touch with Tom Loeffler, Gennady Golovkin’s manager and promoter, regarding the possibility of fighting Golovkin in a catchweight contest at 157lbs,” said Hearn to the dailystar.co.uk.
Well, if Hearn throws a big wad of cash at Golovkin and Loeffler, maybe he can get them to give Brook the time of day. It’ll probably need to be somewhere in the four million range for Golovkin to take the fight because he’s already getting $2 million smackers per fight. To get Golovkin to show some serious interest in fighting Brook, Hearn might need to dig deep into his piggy bank to pull out a wad of cash big enough to get Golovkin and Loeffler to come over to the UK.
Hearn was babbling recently about a fight between Brook and Khan making big money. Well, if that’s the case, then finding the money to waive under Golovkin’s snoot shouldn’t be a problem. They could still the fight on Sky Box Office PPV, and it would probably pull in 600,000 PPV buys like the Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin did recently unless Brook isn’t a big draw. In that case, it’ll be a miserable failure on PPV.
I’m just wondering whether British boxing public would want to pay to see Brook fight a talent like Golovkin. It’s one thing where they’re being asked to pay to see a fight where their fighter has a good chance of winning like we saw with the recent Joshua vs. Charles Martin fight, but it’s another thing to ask the fans to pay to see a fight where Brook has almost no chance of winning. It might be hard to interest fans in paying to see a fight that would likely have a horrible ending with Brook, the home fighter, getting smashed into the stratosphere. I think the home fans might not want to let loose some of their hard-earned cash if they think Brook is going to get blasted into smithereens.
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