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Molina: Kell Brook will upset Triple G

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By Scott Gilfoid: Light welterweight contender John Molina is predicting a victory for unbeaten Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) in his title fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) on September 10. Molina, 33, thinks Brook is a special talent and will be able to come out with the victory in this fight.

Molina sees Brook and his management as having selected Golovkin not for the money, but because they feel they can beat him. Molina believes Brook will go out and defeat the 34-year-old Golovkin next month in their fight on HBO pay-per-view and Sky Box Office pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London, England.

“I think Kell Brook is going to upset the world when he fights Triple G,” said Molina to Fighthype.com. “I like Triple G, but I think Kell Brook is just like his name, ‘Special.’ They didn’t accept this fight because of money. They didn’t accept this fight because they didn’t think they could win. They accepted this fight because they’re very confident of their ability to win. I think it’s highly possible [they’ll beat Golovkin,” said Molina.

Despite Molina’s vote of confidence, Brook is still seen as a long shot to win against GGG. The basic problem that Brook has is his lack of experience against high quality opposition during his pro career. Brook has only had that one fight against Shawn Porter in 2014, and he almost lost that fight.

Brook had to tie Porter up repeatedly in every round to keep him from getting the better of him, because when Brook wasn’t tying him up, he was getting hit a lot. Brook’s other wins in his career have been against 2nd and 3rd tier opposition with marginal talent. The contenders that Brook has fought have been generally weak opponents like Frankie Gavin, Jo Jo Dan, Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones, Kevin Bizier, and Vyacheslav Senchenko.

The only name that jumps out at you is Porter, and Brook had to use tricks to beat him, because he couldn’t fight him in a normal way. It was just tricks with Brook holding and getting lucky that the referee wasn’t doing his job on the night to control his excessive clinching. To be sure, Golovkin has taken his fair share of criticism for his poor resume of weak opponents, but he’s least faced a handful of decent opponents.

You can’t say that with Brook. He’s faced nothing but dreadful fighters with the exception of Porter. As such, we do not know how good – or not so good – Brook is because he’s not been matched against quality fighters and he’s 30-years-old now. I mean, it’s not Brook’s fault that his British promoters have played it safe with his career with their soft match-making.

It is what it is. But you cannot look at Brook’s resume and think for a second that he’s had adequate preparation for a fighter of Golovkin’s class. It’s like someone who has been taking elementary lessons in the French language being put in an advanced class and being expected to get up in front of class and speak fluent French.

Brook is going to be totally out of his class when he gets inside the ring with Golovkin on September 10 at the O2 Arena, and about the only thing that he can do is resort his clinching tricks. That’s what I expect from Brook. He sure as heck won’t be standing in the pocket against Golovkin. It’s going to be nothing but tricks with Brook holding, wrestling, perhaps fouling, and running like mad. It’s just a purely negative effort from Brook, as he looks to stall out each round by trying to keep Golovkin from throwing punches. Will it be ugly? Oh yeah. It’ll be as ugly as can be, but what do you expect? The fight is a total farce. It’s more circus than a real fight. You’ve got a guy that has bulked up to 176 pounds in a real hurry in Brook, who will be thrown into the ring with a lion that has been tearing up guys his own size his entire career.

Brook doesn’t belong in the ring with Golovkin and that much will be seen in the 1st round. It’ll be painfully obvious that Brook should have been taken this fight. For Molina not to understand what this fight is all about is troubling, because if he opened his eyes, he’d see what this fight is all about. It’s about a sacrificial lamb being thrown into the ring with a lion, and the fans are going to be able to watch the spectacle. It’s like something out of history. The only thing that Brook is missing is a shield to try and keep the lion off of him for a second before it tears him up in the ring.

I’d much rather see a real fight between Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr, because that at least would be interesting to watch for five or six rounds before Spence finishes Brook off with the coup de grace. But with the Golovkin-Brook fight, it’s a fight that will last no more than one round in my view. Brook is going to get slaughtered on September 10, and no amount of holding and spoiling on his part is going to be able to keep him from suffering his fate.

The end result of messing with a lion like Golovkin is you get torn apart in lightning fashion. I don’t think Golovkin is going to be in the messing around type mood when he gets out there inside the ring with Brook. I see him finishing Brook quickly, because if he knows if he doesn’t, he’ll have him physically attached to him all night long like a 5’9” octopus with his nonstop holding and clinching.

#3 WBO, #4 WBC Molina (29-5, 23 Kos) recently resurrected his career with a 12 round unanimous decision win over former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov last June in a fairly one-sided fight.

Molina came into the fight needing a win after having been beaten in three out of his last five fights. Molina had suffered losses to Adrien Broner, Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse. Those defeats had many boxing fans thinking that Molina was finished as a fighter. However, Molina has beaten Jorge Romero and Provodnikov in his last two fights, and he’s now in the position to challenge for a world title soon if he can keep winning.


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