Canelo Alvarez is currently readying himself for a shot at WBO junior-middleweight champion Liam Smith next month in Texas, but it appears recent comments from Irish MMA star Conor McGregor have not gone down well with the Mexican. The rivalry between boxing and mixed martial arts has been brought to the forefront again in recent weeks, following the global attention…
Golovkin vs Brook Analysis, Brave or Crazy From Brook?
When trying to formulate a logical Golovkin vs Brook analysis, I first ask myself about Brook’s motivations to take on such a task, considering recent failures of big weight jump ups from the likes of fellow UK boxer Amir Khan.
Granted, Kell Brook doesn’t possess Amir Khan’s frail chin and is a far bigger welterweight, but still, when comparing Khan’s jump from 147lbs up to middleweight to face a massive opponent in Canelo in May of this year, it acts as a stark (recent) reminder of the brutal reality of what such a move can bring.
Canelo’s knockout of Khan that night was one of the most brutal I can recall a UK fighter receiving in the States, reminiscent almost of Ricky Hatton’s bone chilling demolition at the hands of Manny Pacquiao a few years ago.
Fast forward a few months and Kell Brook is set to take on the middleweight division’s most feared puncher today, and perhaps one of the hardest hitting men to ever compete in the division’s long and rich history.
Gennady Golovkin isn’t just power mind you.
His footwork, jab, distance control, incredible chin and almost unsettling patience behind his attacks, make up a truly apex fighting machine.
Brook is no fool though. You don’t become a world welterweight champion by making bad decisions. Him and his team have to be working on something special in the game plan behind the scenes.
But I just can’t help but feel this fight could potentially be a damaging one for the Englishman.
Look at some of the fighters who have gotten in there with Golovkin in recent years – Gabriel Rosado, Matthew Macklin and Daniel Geale for example.
None of those combatants were the same after fighting Golovkin in my view. He takes something from you.
(Golovkin’s short work of Matthew Macklin via HBO):
Brook has to be commended for the courage to step up an entire two weight classes however, particularly in a time where many of the sport’s athlete’s face criticism from fans and elsewhere surrounding ‘cherry picking’ in boxing.
Brook literally could not have physically picked a tougher challenge to take on and at 30 years of age and undefeated (36-0-25KO), is probably making the decision in the prime of his life and career.
He weighed in heavier than Golovkin recently at the 30 day check weigh-in but don’t let that fool you, Golovkin will be the naturally bigger and stronger man come fight night and at 33 years of age, is arguably at the peak of his considerable pugilistic powers himself.
Timing is everything as they say and the ‘GGG’ freight train that is chugging through the world boxing landscape at the moment is in full effect.
Brook will need to do things he has never done before in a boxing ring to derail it.