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Jeff Mayweather talks Golovkin vs. Brook fight


(Photo Courtesy/Abel Sanchez) By Dan Ambrose: Jeff Mayweather thinks that welterweight Kell Brook could give middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) some problems with his size early in their fight on September 10. Jeff said that he met with Brook previously and he was surprised at how big he was for a welterweight.

Jeff describes Brook as being ‘huge’ when stood next to him. But with that being said, Jeff still sees Golovkin breaking the 30-year-old Brook down before stopping him in the later rounds in their fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

“I think Kell Brook is going to do a little better than everybody thinks because even though Kell Brook is a welterweight, I remember when he came out here to Vegas and I met him and I’m standing next to this guy, he had to be at least about 160-something pounds.,” said Jeff Mayweather to “He has the frame to carry that weight.”

Jeff says that he doesn’t think Brook will be able to go back down to welterweight after this fight because he feels that he’s outgrown the 147lb division. We’ll see. I don’t think Brook likes the idea of fighting against guys that are more or less the same size as him at junior middleweight. By fighting at welterweight, Brook is basically doing the same thing that middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been doing by fighting smaller guys at him from the 154 and 147lb divisions and enjoying a huge weight advantage over them.

Brook being a junior middleweight or even a middleweight in size doesn’t mean much because Golovkin has been breezing through the middleweight contenders like they’re nothing during his career. Brook is just another small middleweight that Golovkin has beaten many times before.

Jeff thinks that Golovkin has found a market in the UK for him to fight and make a lot of money for matches that he will surely win. After Golovkin defeats Brook on September 10, Jeff Mayweather sees Triple G taking on the highly ranked #2 WBA, #2 WBA middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. in his next fight, and then beating him too. Eubank Jr. is also from the UK and has a good fan base over there due in part to his famous last name. Eubank Jr. is the son of former world champion Chris Eubank, but thus far he hasn’t shown the same potential that his father had. Eubank Jr. was already beaten by Billy Joe Saunders in 2014. Jeff says that Eubank Jr. is still the same fighter that he was back then.

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“I think Kell Brook is going to do decent, but I think he will get stopped late. And I think the same for Eubank if they fight; I think the same thing will happen to him,” said Jeff.

If Golovkin can get Eubank Jr. to fight him after Brook, it would make for an excellent fight in December. It’s hard to picture Eubank Sr. being able to hammer out a deal in working with Eubank Jr’s promoter Eddie Hearn. It might be a really difficult fight to put together if the Eubanks negotiate hard, as if their the A-side in the negotiations rather than just another one of the many contenders that Golovkin has faced during his time as the middleweight champion.

Brook will be problems for GGG as long as he’s not standing in front of him and punching. If Brook chooses to trade with Golovkin, then the fight will very likely end quickly. Brook’s only chance is to muddy the waters by using spoiling tactics to keep Golovkin from getting his shots off. This means that Brook will need to move, hold and not use a variety of angles to keep from being an easy to hit target. Since Golovkin knocks out most of his opponents with head shots, it would be in Brook’s best interest to use head movement when he is standing in range of his punches. Golovkin is also dangerous with his body punching.

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Brook will need to tie him up whenever he’s close enough to land to the body. It’s still going to be tough for Brook to keep from getting hit to the body because Golovkin has a stabbing jab that he likes to throw to the body. However, if Brook can limit the body punches to just the ones that are thrown in a jabbing manner, he can probably take those type of punches for 12 rounds. The punches that Brook probably can’t take are the ones where Golovkin is standing right in front of him at close range and putting a lot of torque into his body punches.

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