Boxing for all it’s flaws seems to be shaking up the status quo this year with yet another fight that nobody ever thought to call for, Gennady Golovkin, 35-0, 32 KO vs Kell Brook, 36-0, 25 KO. What’s more, Glolovkin caught an overseas flight to Merry Olde England to enter into Brook’s stronghold heavily buttressed by his biased hometown BBB of C officiating. That would be Saturday, September 10th in O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London.
Though the usual suspects howled mightily over the injustice of this fight, it has much historical precedent that has been lost to a new age of the new generations of softer metromen and yummies whose memory is limited by their narrow twittering nanosecond attention spans in a sport that traces as far back into the millenniums to ancient civilizations. Welts have always moved up to fight the middle champ, even the heavy champ in further bygone modern eras, and hopefully always will though modern junior divisions make that unlikely these days. Brook is considerably bigger than most welts moving up as we shall see in the weigh in and may well actually outweigh the traditionally sized Golovkin on the night of the fight.
The fight became a necessary no brainer when Golovkin had the 9/10 HBO date penciled in without a dance partner due to egregious boxing politics that serve to rob modern fighters of their true legacies. Brook had a dance partner, but spent too much time noodling over nickles and dimes to make the fight against Top Rank’s Jessie Vargas, so when he suddenly got a bigger offer to fight Golovkin…((BooM))…It’s on!
Though they have about the same number of fights and are undefeated, clearly Golovkin is more accomplished and more powerful. Brook’s only scalp of any note was a disputed majority decision against Shawn Porter, a fight Brook spoiled with a tepid dishwater performance that many if not most fans saw him losing since he was seldom the aggressor and landed few clean punches. Why after 10 years as a pro he put on on such a miserable show in his first title bout perhaps an indicator of his fighting mentality when faced with Class A adversity. As such, I’d imagine he use the same style against Golovkin who has seldom had to face a strong, determined clincher who might limit his always pressing, dangerous offense. Brook may appear to some Brit fans to be “culturally” brave to take the fight, but make no mistake that his plan will be going into pick and peck survival mode to make it to the final bell and hope for the BBB of C favorable ruling.
We need to thank Chris Eubank Sr and Jr who made this fight possible. They balked at making big money against Golovkin by making such demands as to presume to take over the promoter’s duties, Eddie Hearns in this case, without the assumption of the headaches working on the ground to put together such a complicated thing as a boxing promotion, so enter Brook to happily take the same terms.
Here’s the mandatory WBC 30 day prefight weighin where Brook was amazingly 176 lbs to Golovkin’s fight ready 165 lbs 30 days out from the fight. Of course these weighins are designed to insure the fighters have been dropping the weight off well in advance for health reasons, yet we can see here that Brook is bottom heavy in his torso, so how he ever made 147 is probably a story that shouldn’t ever be told.
This will be both Brook and Golovkin’s largest purses by far thanks to the maniacal devotion of British fans who not long ago packed 80,000 screamin’ meemies into Wembley for Froch vs Groves II. Gonna be hard to beat the primacy of that great fight though, so it’s ultimately up to Brook to decide if he wants to fight or to spoil. I say he spoils a perfectly good fight, but who can really know until the bell tolls and fighters get hit in the mouth? There will always be the mystery of the unknown when the champ travels into hostile hometown territory such as this even if the result seems preordained.
That was never more apparent at their fight weighin, Brook @ 159.4 lbs and Golovkin looking quite drawn @ 158.8 lbs, perhaps beat down by the manical British media attentions that are sure to exceed anything he’s seen before. Or maybe a touch of flu, or a collapse of his love life as happened when Manny Pacquiao was served divorce papers in his dressing room the hour before stepping into the ring for his rubber match against Juan Manuel Marquez. Now that can really screw up a finely tuned fighter, but it’s also quite possible that Golovkin overtrained and hit the wall so to speak, but regardless, something’s up with him. Good luck all.