Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook – Highlights (Great Fight & KNOCKOUT)

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September 10th, 2016. Undefeated Unified Middleweight Champion, the powerhouse Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defends his IBO, IBF and WBC Middleweight titles against the highly skilled reigning IBF World Welterweight Champion Kell “Special K” Brook.

Going into the fight, both fighters were undefeated; Golovkin was 35(33)-0 while Brook was 36(25)-0.

Kell Brook moved up 2 weight divisions from Welterweight to face Golovkin, in a move inspired by his fellow Briton Amir Khan who moved up to take on Canelo Alvarez earlier in the year, challenging for the WBC, The Ring and Lineal Middleweight titles.

There were a few other instances in the past where a Welterweight moves up to fight a reigning World Middleweight Champion;

1) Mike Twin Sullivan vs Stanley Ketchel (1908)
2) Mickey Walker vs Harry Greb (1925)
3) Henry Armstrong vs Cerefino Garcia (1938)
4) Kid Gavilan vs Carl Bobo Olsen (1954)
5) Carmen Basilio vs Sugar Ray Robinson (1957)
6) Emile Griffith vs Dick Tiger (1966)
7) Emile Griffith vs Carlos Monzon (1971)
8) Jose Napoles vs Carlos Monzon (1974)
9) Thomas Hearns vs Marvin Hagler (1984)
10) Sugar Ray Leonard vs Marvin Hagler (1987)

Note that some of these bouts in the list had rematches as well – No. 3, 5, 6 & 7. More recent examples would be Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez (2014) and of course, Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan (2016). Thus, in the year 2016 Brook was the 2nd British fighter to move up 2 divisions to challenge for a World Middleweight title. Both Brook and Khan were highly praised for their courageous moves.

Despite being the naturally smaller fighter, Brook more than gave a good account of himself against the powerful GGG and had his share of moments by landing significant blows throughout the fight (notably in the 2nd round) despite being ultimately overwhelmed by the bigger, stronger Golovkin. Kell Brook’s right eye was already swollen in the first round from a GGG left hook, but in just about every instance that he was hurt, Special K comes back with his own rallies.

Brook had some of his best moments in the 2nd and 3rd rounds where he landed a number of clean shots and combinations that shook GGG. And as a whole, it was an exciting fight with both fighters having their share of great moments. It is interesting to note that Brook gave Golovkin a surprisingly hard fight and landed many clean shots on GGG. The undefeated IBF Welterweight World champion had probably given Golovkin his hardest fight since Martin Murray in 2015.

However in March 2017, Daniel Jacobs became first fighter in nearly 9 years to last the distance against Golovkin en route to losing a disputed UD. Jacobs surpassed Brooks in terms of being Golovkin’s hardest fight as he took the Middleweight Marauder to the final bell. Since June 2008, all 23 of GGG’s opponents have been knocked out.

4 months ago in May 2016, Amir Khan jumped 2 weight classes and put up a great effort against Canelo Alvarez using his amazing speed and boxing skills. But he ultimately succumbed to the greater power and natural size advantage of Alvarez, who finished him in the 6th round with a thunderous right hand named Knockout of the Year 2016 by Ring Magazine.

On September 16th 2017, the Ultimate Middleweight Fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will finally take place after a number of failed negotiations which included Canelo’s decision to vacate the WBC Middleweight strap in May 2016 when GGG was his mandatory. The WBC proceeded to award its title to GGG.

All of Golovkin’s belts – IBO, IBF, WBA & WBC World Middleweight Titles will be on the line. In Canelo’s last fight, he dominated fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. en route to a lopsided UD victory. For GGG, he won a disputed UD against “The Miracle Man” Daniel Jacobs, maintaining his undefeated record.

Golovkin-Alvarez is definitely one of the most anticipated fights in recent years and potentially one of the best fights as well as a candidate for Fight of the Year in 2017!

Who do you think wins? Will Canelo put a dent into GGG’s undefeated record or will Golovkin hand the Mexican superstar his 2nd defeat since his one sided loss to defensive wizard Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in September 2013?

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