Galahad: Brook is a better version of Golovkin
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten super bantamweight Kid Galahad says he cannot see Kell brook getting beaten by IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin this Saturday night in their fight at the O2 arena in London, England. the 26-year-old Galahad trains with Brook, and he knows of how skillful he is and how much punching he’s got in his arsenal.
According to Galahad, Brook is a better version of the 34-year-old Golovkin, and he feels there’s no way that he’ll lose to the Kazakhstani fighter on September 10.
“Kell Brook is a better version of GGG – he is better in every department,” said Galahad to skysports.com.
I’ve seen Brook fight plenty of times during his 12-year pro career, and I see no similarities between him and Golovkin. They are COMPLETELY different in every way you can imagine, and I don’t think Brook is better than Golovkin at anything he does inside the ring. I do think Brook is a better version of welterweight Andre Berto. That’s who I think Brook has the most in common with of anybody in the sport of boxing. Brook reminds me of Berto, but with slower hands speed, and not quite as powerful.
Berto definitely has more punching power than Brook. All you’ve got to do is watch Berto unleash one of his left hooks, it’s clear that he’s a better puncher than Brook. But I think Brook is better than Berto due to his size and the crafty way he tends to spoil to survive when in with better fighters than himself like Shawn Porter. I think Brook would have lost badly to Porter if he didn’t hold him over and over again in their fight in 2014. Brook had a referee that wasn’t controlling the fight in the way he should have to limit the nonstop holding that he was doing. But with the right referee, Brook is hard to beat because he can hold at will to slow his opponent’s work rate to a trickle. I just don’t think that approach is going to work against Golovkin, because he’s learned how to deal with clinchers like Brook.
“I tell people ‘one thing I do know is my boxing’ and I can’t see GGG beating Kell Brook,” said Galahad. “I have seen him get in the ring and box heavyweights and put them to sleep. I have seen him take a shot off a heavyweight and not even buckle, so you are going to see a star.”
Gee, I wonder which heavyweight Brook put to sleep in sparring. I can’t imagine it being anyone good. If Brook is knocking out heavyweights, then what does that tell you about the talent level of the particular heavyweight he’s sparring? Instead of Galahad bragging about Brook beating up on some likely poor sap of a heavyweight, he should be talking about how he did when sparring against talented fighters inside the gym. I mean, we’ve now seen a clip of Brook’s recent sparring session with WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith, and believe me, he did not look at all good against “Beefy”.
Heck, I came away from watching that sparring session a new fan of Liam Smith. The guy looks talented and powerful. It’s no secret that Liam Smith has wanted to fight Brook for some time, but I think it would be a very bad idea for Brook to ever fight that guy. Brook doesn’t have the snap on his punches to beat Smith. The difference in punching power and body punching between the two fighters is incredible. Smith is a far better puncher to the head and body than Brook.
“I personally can’t see him getting beat. He’s a cut [above] the rest of the fighters – he is going to shock the world,” said Galahad about Brook. “He just needs to stick to the game plan, do what he does best, stay there, box, keep out of Golovkin’s range and come home with a victory.”
I personally can’t see Brook beating Golovkin or even being competitive with him. I hope it’s not too much of a shock for Galahad when things start looking bleak for Brook in the 1st round after Golovkin clubs him with a big power shot for the first time in the fight. I honestly can’t see Brook taking more than one or two hard shots from Golovkin before he’s on the canvas counting stars. I’m just saying.
Galahad will be fighting on the Golovkin-Brook undercard on Saturday night against 37-year-old Italian journeyman Italian Emiliano Salvini (17-23-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled eight round fight. I think it’s safe to say that Galahad will win that fight. I just wonder when he’s going to stop facing fodder opposition and start fighting the quality guys in the super bantamweight division. It’s not even sporting to see Galahad dining on weak opposition like this.