Gilberto Ramirez: Brook has no chance against Golovkin

By Boxing News - 07/22/2016 - Comments


By Dan Ambrose: WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez says he doesn’t like the September 10 fight between unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), because he doesn’t think Brook has any chance of winning the fight. Ramirez thinks Brook will try moving around the ring for two or three rounds, but the match will end as soon as Triple G lands one of his big shots.

“For me, I don’t like the fight, but if you want to fight with me, then let’s do it,” said Ramirez to “No, I don’t give him [Brook] a chance. I think he’s going to move around for two or three rounds, but when Gennady throws a good punch, he’s going to knock him out. One punch,” said Ramirez.

Brook is definitely going to be in the survival mode in this fight with Golovkin. I don’t think Brook will do much more than pot shot, hold and move all night long. I think he’ll try and steal rounds with pot shots and holding to keep Golovkin from getting off his shots. It’ll be the same plan that Martin Murray used against Golovkin last year. it won’t work but it could take Golovkin a while before he is able to land something big enough to finish Brook off. I wouldn’t be surprised if Golovkin knocks Brook out with a body shot. Brook will likely be looking to give Golovkin no room to get leverage on his punches.

What Ramirez, 25, doesn’t point out is the reasons why Golovkin is fighting Brook. Golovkin tried to fight Mexican middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Chris Eubank Jr., but he couldn’t get either of them to agree to the fight. it was only after Golovkin failed at getting a fight against both of those guys that his promoter Tom Loeffler accepted an offer by Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight between Golovkin and Brook.

Loeffler didn’t approach Hearn to try and set up a fight between GGG and Brook. It was the other way around. Hearn brought up the idea to Loeffler and he accepted it after replacement option for the Eubank Jr. fight. It’s not as if Golovkin and Loeffler were combing the welterweight ranks for an easy mark with a soft chin. We saw Canelo matched up with welterweight Amir Khan on May 7 of this year in a fight on HBO pay-per-view. Khan had previously been knocked out by Danny Garcia and former lightweight Breidis Prescott. Khan had a reputation as having a fragile chin. With Brook, he’s unbeaten and doesn’t have a chin issue.

Ramirez wants to fight Golovkin next year. His promoter Bob Arum is on board with that fight, as he thinks that Ramirez will beat Golovkin and be turned into a star in the process. It would seem to be a pipe dream on Arum’s part, but it’s nice that he’s willing to have Ramirez take the risk rather than having him milk his WBO title against the likes of Dominik Britsch.

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When asked about his thoughts on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s fight with Liam Smith, Ramirez said, “Canelo, he’s got very good skills. He’s a smart guy. I think he’s going to win the fight. It’s a good fight for him. I think he’s going to win the [WBO junior middleweight] belt, and gain confidence with the people because the people don’t believe in him too much now,” said Ramirez.

I don’t think that Canelo is going to be able to regain the confidence of the people if he beats Liam Smith in their fight on September 17. The problem is that Smith isn’t seen as the main belt holder at 154. He’s seen by many boxing fans as the weakest of the champions at junior middleweight, a fighter that is probably no better than No.12 in the division. Canelo won’t be able to get the confidence of the people back until he steps it up and starts fighting better fighters, and I don’t see Cotto as someone that counts as being a better fighter. I think Cotto would be knocked out by the Charlo brothers, Erislandy Lara, Julian Williams, Demetrius Andrade and Erickson Lubin; not that he would fight any of them mind you.