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GGG vs. Kell Brook makes a lot of sense

By: Damon Sloan

GGG has long had trouble getting fights against top contenders, but Kell Brook is finally a top opponent ready to fight him.

GGG has long had trouble getting fights against top contenders, but Kell Brook is finally a top opponent ready to fight him.

Fighters avoiding other fighters – it’s something that has plagued boxing for decades and something that has caused people to grow tired of the sport since it does not always give us what we most desire. Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin seems to be that guy who cannot get big name boxers in the ring with him. Canelo Alvarez is the latest fighter added to that long list.

After GGG knocked out David Lemieux and Alvarez beat up Miguel Cotto, we were promised they would meet within the next year to settle the dispute over who the true middleweight champion is. But that just isn’t happening. Instead, Alvarez fought Amir Khan and soon after, vacated his WBC middleweight title. Shockingly he decided to move down a division where he is now scheduled to challenge WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith on September 17th live on HBO PPV.

Kell Brook has been ducked by top fighters too and though he's going up two weight classes to fight GGG, he has the tools to make it a very interesting fight.

Kell Brook has been ducked by top fighters too and though he’s going up two weight classes to fight GGG, he has the tools to make it a very interesting fight.

With Alvarez out of the picture, GGG has elected to face perhaps his toughest test in his career when he defends his WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO titles against welterweight champion Kell Brook on September 10th. GGG will once again be criticized for this fight because he’s naturally a lot heavier and Brook isn’t that much of a big name attraction her in the U.S. Ironically, we just saw Canelo Alvarez take an identical fight when he fought a natural welterweight in Amir Khan and has been revered for his victory ever since.

Since becoming a world champion in 2010, the top middleweight fighters have regularly avoided fighting GGG. Recently it hasn’t only been Alvarez, but WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders rejected a fight deal against GGG this past spring. Former middleweight champ Miguel Cotto elected not to fight Gennady last year and instead fought Canelo.

And that is a bit unfortunate for Golovkin. He constantly gets scrutinized for having only really fought marginal contenders. Though GGG knocked out Lemieux to claim his IBF title, destroyed former world champion Daniel Geale in three rounds, floored former world champion Marco Antonio Rubio in two rounds, stopped perennial contender Gabriel Rosado and ended multi-time title challenger Matthew Macklin in three rounds; he still doesn’t seem to get the credit he deserves. Kell Brook is by far his best opponent; ranked No. 1 in a loaded welterweight division by The Ring and No. 10 on their pound-for-pound rankings.

Another reason why this fight with Brook is so significant is that it will take place in Brook’s home country of Great Britain at the O2 arena. Brook is a ring technician with fast hands and like GGG, has found himself in a position where other fighters won’t fight him. Brook has been a great champion in his division, but his perfect record that now stands at 36-0 with 25 wins coming by knockout, has scared other opponents away.

With that being said, Golovkin should still be the clear favorite over Brook, but it will be a huge test for him to go to Brook’s home country and retain his title. And if Golovkin is able to put away Brook faster than Alvarez did with Khan it could potentially push for Alvarez to have to get into the ring with Golovkin and settle the score over who truly is the most destructive fighter in boxing today.

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Damon Sloan

Staff Writer
Damon Has been an athlete his entire life. He started playing basketball when he was three-years-old and played competitively all the way through his high school years. He had a chance to pursue a collegiate basketball career but chose to focus on getting his education. Damon knew he wanted to be around sports and he was always interested in knowing statistics about players and could separate the good players from the bad. Growing up his mother called him the "stat king" because he could tell you any statistic about any player. Damon wants to be versatile in writing not just for basketball, but for football, boxing, and mixed martial arts. One thing that may separate Damon from other journalists is that he isn't just knowledgeable about basketball, but he played at a high level for years and still continues to play today, which helps him mold his knowledge of the game.
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One Response to “GGG vs. Kell Brook makes a lot of sense”
  1. Deb says:

    I’m learning a lot about the sport of boxing by reading your articles…Keep them coming!💪🏾👊🏾🤗