Golovkin beats Kell Brook after one of the fights of the year in my opinion, while it lasted. Lets take a look back.
Coming into the fight many had predicted a win for ‘GGG’ and he obliged after one hell of a fight.
Brook came out in round one looking to utilise his speed early on, but as soon as Golovkin got him onto the ropes he felt the power and looked hurt.
But to his credit, he came firing back with a right uppercut to Golovkin, which the middleweight champion acknowledged. Brook further came back with some beautiful combinations and classy right hooks.
What a first round. The second round got off to a high tempo again straight away, with assertive jabs from both men.
Kell Brook looked to be boxing out of his skin, landing beautiful uppercuts and big combinations on Golovkin, who began bleeding from the nose and started pounding his chest gesturing to Brook to stand and fight with him.
Golovkin began moving forward very quickly in the third round, on the hunt for Brook and taking some shots on the way in:
‘GGG’ landed some big right hands that clearly had a visible effect on the Englishman, who was now bust up already by the third round.
Brook was sporting a badly swollen eye in the fourth round but despite this, he was still landing some beautiful shots on Golovkin – that incredibly seemed to have little to no effect.
Brook landed a lovely inside left hook on ‘GGG’ right before the end of the round, walking the champion onto it.
A frustrated Golovkin came out firing in the fifth round, battering Brook to the head and body with some brutal combinations – chasing Brook around the ring at times.
Dominic Ingle, trainer to Kell Brook, compassionately threw in the towel before the fifth round was out to save his man from what was becoming a sickening beating in reality, that would have seen his man ultimately badly hurt had it continued on.
With the win, Golovkin improved his record to 36-0 (33KO) and extended his knockout streak.
With the defeat, Brook loses his unbeaten record and goes to 36-1 (25KO) but opportunities are still plentiful, particularly given the fact he is still reigning world IBF welterweight champion.
Huge respect must be given to Kell tonight after the massive cojones and skill he displayed.
Perhaps a long awaited Amir Khan showdown will now materialise, with both men coming off the back of defeats having tested themselves at middleweight.
As for the victor ‘GGG’ many will hope a big fight at middleweight is next for him, a unification at the least, or what most people would like to see next year – a long awaited showdown with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez.