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Brook’s corner tosses towel against GGG

Kell Brook with a broken eye socket suffered against GGG.

Kell Brook with a broken eye socket suffered against GGG.

Kell Brook proved to be Gennady Golovkin’s toughest challenge to date, but he was still no match. As GGG put it “Brook is not a middleweight. He’s just not.”

The weight and power difference was drastic. Brook was very active in the fight and likely won the second round with a lot of big shots, but none of them really did anything to slow GGG down and in the fifth round, GGG had Brook up against the ropes, landing a ton of power shots. Brook’s eye socket was broken. He could barely see, is hey was swollen and he wasn’t displaying any sort of ability to defend himself.

Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle jumped up on the ring apron and threw in the towel to save his fighter. The crowd booed, but it was the best thing that could have been done.

Brook showed he was ready for a fight in the first round after shaking off a big hit by Golovkin. Then in the second round he took advantage of his speed. He was striking Golovkin with great accuracy and stinging punched that actually drew some blood from GGG.

There just was no chance of him sustaining it and out-punching probably the best pound-for-pound puncher in the world right now.

But Brook definitely accomplished what he had to accomplish. The criticism for GGG his entire career has been that he has not really fought anybody of note; filling his 36-0 record up with mismatched opponents. That criticism won’t quite after beating up a fighter who is naturally two rounds lighter. It especially doesn’t look good that he lost a round and was stuck in a fight with the guy for quite a bit.

Brook, though, he was looking to get some recognition. At 36-0 with three successful defenses by knockout of his IBF welterweight title that he won from Shawn Porter, Brook was still a forgotten man in the star-studded division. This was his opportunity to showcase himself and despite having the towel thrown in on him, the fact that he could take a round from GGG, draw some blood and look at crisp as he did early in the fight, that was impressive. Getting stopped by a much bigger and more powerful man that he was supposed to knock him out anyway; that’s not a poor performance by him at all.

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