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Macklin to help Brook with tips on Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin Kell Brook Matthew Macklin

(Matthew Macklin seen here after getting knocked out by a body shot from Gennady Golovkin) By Scott Gilfoid: British fighter Matthew Macklin says he wants to give some helpful tips to Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) to help him get ready for his fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) in a little over two weeks from now on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

It’s hard to understand what useful advice Macklin could have for Brook to help him against Golovkin, because he was knocked out in the 3rd round by him three years ago in 2013. Macklin ran around the ring trying not to get hit by GGG. Eventually, Golovkin caught up with Macklin and knocked him put with a body shot in the third round.

“I fought Golovkin and didn’t fare too well but hopefully I can pass on a few pointers to Kell and hopefully he can do a much better job,” said Macklin to skysports.com.

“He [Golovkin] throws his left hook very long and almost scoops it around. It’s almost amateur. You can’t allow him to read you. He’s a very intelligent fighter – not just a puncher.”

The closer the fight gets the more I can see Golovkin ending this early with a quick knockout in the 1st round. I think Golovkin is going to stun Brook with the first hard punch he throws. It’ll be up to Golovkin, not Brook, how long this fight will last. If Golovkin wants to drag it out for five or six rounds, then he’ll take it easy on Brook the way that a big cat would choose to play with a mouse.

Brook is obviously not a mouse, but he’s got about as much chance in beating Golovkin as a mouse would in getting the better of a big cat in my view. Brook would be better off if he ignored anything Macklin says, because I see nothing good coming of Macklin planting ideas into the head of Brook. I mean, what can Macklin teach Brook about Golovkin other than how to get knocked out. He’s not going to teach him how to beat Golovkin, because he doesn’t know how to. Macklin isn’t going to give Brook any ideas of things to do to cause Golovkin problems, because he didn’t do anything against Golovkin that was effective in their fight three years ago.

“He never caught me with a big shot to the head but his jab is a ramrod,” said Macklin about Golovkin. “Kell also has a great jab so I’m curious to know how that’s going to go in the fight.”

Yeah, Macklin is right about Golovkin never catching him with a big head shot in their fight three years ago. The reason why Golovkin didn’t catch Macklin with a big head shot is because he was running too much. It was impossible for GGG to hit Macklin with a head shot with him running all around the ring from start to finish/ the only thing Golovkin could do offensively against Macklin was throw body shots, which he did. Macklin didn’t react well to getting hit with body shots, and he soon dropped for the 10 count when Golovkin hit him with a good one in the third. Macklin looked like he was in pure agony after getting dropped with a left ot the body. If Golovkin lands that same shot against Brook, he’ll have hm out for sure.

It’s going to be really interesting to see what Brook does in terms of his offense on September 10. Does he choose to move around and jab, or does he try and stand in the pocket and punch with the Kazakhstan fighter. In Brook’s toughest opponent to date against Shawn Porter, he chose to throw single pot shots from the outside before falling forward for a clinch.

The clinching was really Brook’s entire game because he didn’t seem to have any faith in his ability to trade shots with Porter. It was essentially just Brook grabbing to keep Porter from throwing anything. In hindsight, it only worked because Porter didn’t do anything to try and stop Brook from grabbing him. If Porter had worked hard at fighting through the clinches, he would have been able to minimize what Brook was doing in the fight to limit what he was doing. We saw that Porter improved in his next fight against Adrien Broner in dealing with the holding in that fight.


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