Golovkin talks Canelo, Brook and Eubank Jr
(Photo Courtesy/Lawrence Lustig, Matchroom Boxing) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has much respect for his next opponent welterweight Kell Brook, who he’ll be facing on September 10 next month at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The two fighters met today in London for their press conference over there.
Golovkin made it clear that he wants to give the British boxing fans a “big present” on September 10 in his fight against Brook, which he promises to be a real “drama show.” That means that Golovkin plans on knocking Brook out and making him his 23rd consecutive knockout win.
Golovkin, also known as “Triple G” and “GGG”, doesn’t have much good to say about British middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. after he failed to sign the contract for a fight against him. Golovkin says he sees Eubank Jr. as a “clown.” He’s not sure that Eubank Jr. ever seriously wanted to fight him.
As for Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Golovkin says that he thinks a fight between them is possible within the next three years. He’s not sure how long Canelo will make him wait for the fight, but he does believe it will happen in three year time at the latest.
“It’ crazy; It’s not respect to his team, his promoters,” said Golovkin to IFL TV about Canelo giving up his WBC middleweight title rather than fight him. “It’s a very bad thing.”
When asked if he thinks a fight between him and Canelo can take place in the future, Golovkin said, “Maybe. Maybe next year, maybe in two years later, maybe in three years later.”
Asked about his thoughts on the Canelo vs. Liam Smith fight, Golovkin said, “It’s not interesting for me. Smith, he’s a good fighter. It’s not interesting for me.”
“He showed his face. He’s like a clown,” said Golovkin about Chris Eubank Jr. “Too much talking, too much time [spent]. This is not business. This is not boxing. This is not respect for the sport. He is like a clown. I don’t know [if Eubank Jr. ever wanted the fight]. I think no. I think he’s not ready. He’s just talking.”
In being asked about his thoughts on him fighting a smaller guy in Brook, Golovkin said, “I remember boxing history with Manny Pacquiao with [Antonio] Margarito, and with Oscar De La Hoya. Everyone has problems with small guys. Kell, he’s a very good fighter. He’s a very good boxer. We have different speed, different timing and different power. I understand this is not an easy fight for me. This is a big test for me. I think he’s very good at 160. He’s a true champion. He’s a warrior. He’s not a clown. I promise a good fight. Kell Brook is a very good fighter. I think it’s a very good present for everybody,” said Golovkin.
In speaking about WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, Golovkin said, “I understand that he doesn’t want to fight with me. It’s impossible for me. I can’t fight with him.”