Brook’s opportunity to truly declare himself ‘Special K’

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You’re kidding, right? No way! Is this a joke?!

No, it’s no joke. Kell ‘Special K’ Brook will face Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin at London’s O2 arena.

Brook, 30, is going to take on arguably the most feared fighter in boxing on September 10. He is going to trade leather with ‘GGG’ at 160 pounds; the division where the 34-year-old has been knocking out opponents left, right and centre. There’s no catchweight.

‘Special K’ is in his prime and unbeaten. He has campaigned at 147 pounds for many years. He’s a very good boxer with skill and power, however, despite being the current holder of the IBF welterweight strap, he has yet to truly prove himself in that weight class. To stake a claim to be the best in your division, you have to beat those who pose a serious threat to you. As of yet, Brook has not done this. The biggest name he has fought to date is, Shawn Porter. That was the toughest challenge of his career, and he passed the test, but there are other fighters in the division – like Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman, Jessie Vargas and Danny Garcia – who would bring something different to the table, in terms of style and power. They too are unbeaten, yet the 30-year-old has decided to move up in weight and face a far more formidable opponent, who is also in his prime. It was an offer he could not refuse. 

Despite his talents and looking indestructible, so far, Golovkin’s résumé is thin and like Brook, he has not yet faced a number of fighters in his division – such as Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr and Daniel Jacobs – who could inflict the first defeat of his professional career. As you may be aware, there was a lot of hype surrounding a potential mega-fight between ‘GGG’ and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. That failed to materialise, resulting in Alvarez vacating the WBC middleweight title. There is even the possibility of the Kazakh moving up in weight himself and testing the waters at super-middleweight. Anyhow, that’s for another day.

Many fans of the sport are very confident that Golovkin will defeat Brook, and for good reason, but in spite of this, there are still question marks surrounding this fight.

Brook is a big welterweight and reportedly walks around at 178 pounds. If he can carry the weight well, with his power, things could get very interesting. Golovkin has to cross the pond and fight in the UK. British crowds are very different to American crowds. How will he deal with the hostile atmosphere? He has many fans over here, but the majority of fans on the night will be cheering for the Sheffield star. The occasion could get to ‘GGG’. He could have an off-night. The Kazakh cannot afford to have an off-night, period.

This could turn out to be Golovkin’s toughest test to date. If this proves to be the case, it would not look good on him. If he was to lose, it would be unthinkable. He would lose all of his belts, his reputation would be in tatters and many people would take a pop at him for losing to, essentially, a welterweight. ‘GGG’ has everything to lose, Brook has everything to gain.

The odds are stacked against ‘Special K’, no doubt about it, nonetheless, if he was to defeat Golovkin, it would be considered to be one of the greatest upsets in the history of boxing.

 

 

 

 

 

GOLOVKIN IS THE REAL DEAL!

ImageKazakhstan’s Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin remains the WBA World and IBO middleweight champion after producing a composed, educated and calculating performance against Matthew Macklin in Connecticut on June 29. The way in which ‘GGG’ finished off Macklin was simply stunning to behold!

Golovkin, 31, now moves to 27(24)-0-0. He was punch-perfect throughout the contest against Macklin. He landed a precise left hook to the body midway through the 3rd round which sent Macklin crashing to the canvas. The Anglo-Irish fighter was clearly in some pain and discomfort. Macklin could not recover and get to his feet. Referee Eddie Cotton counted him out and stopped the fight with 1:22 of the 3rd round having elapsed.

‘GGG’ was making some noise before he fought Macklin, but many people did not class him as a legitimate threat. They felt that he had not beaten anyone of significance to justify the ‘hype’. He had won his last 13 fights by stoppage or knockout, which included devastating wins over Grzegorz Proska (TKO 5), Gabriel Rosado (TKO 7), and Nobuhiro Ishida (KO 3). Those were solid wins in their own right, but now, after demolishing Macklin in 3 rounds, he has silenced the critics…for now. Macklin was seen as a worthy challenger who would test Golovkin and ask some questions of him. However, this proved to be not the case. After disposing of Macklin so effortlessly, he made a big statement. No matter what you think of Macklin as an all-round fighter, nobody has beaten him in such devastating fashion. This was the third time that Macklin had come up short in a bid to become a World champion.

Is Golovkin the best middleweight in the World? It’s arguable that he is, but many people want to see him fight Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, who currently claims the #1 spot at 160. That’s a fight that must happen and I’d pick Golovkin right now to beat Martinez. The timing’s perfect for it to happen in Golovkin’s case, because Martinez is on the slide. ‘Maravilla’ has an awkward style to cope with but Golovkin’s all wrong for him in my opinion. Would Martinez want any of ‘GGG’? That remains to be seen. Golovkin’s power is definitely up there on the P4P list in my opinion, and I’m confident he’ll be a contender for the P4P throne once Floyd Mayweather Jr retires.

So what next for Golovkin? Well, as mentioned, a potential huge fight against WBC champ Martinez at 160 could be made. Golovkin-Julio Chavez Jr could also happen. Chavez Jr is a big guy who boils down to fight at 160. He can take some solid shots and he gave Martinez a fright when they met in 2012. It would be interesting to see how Golovkin fairs against him. Could Golovkin become the first Man to stop or knockout Chavez Jr? That would be a massive statement! Golovkin could move down to 154 and fight Saul Alvarez, or at 160 if Alvarez decides to move up. Golovkin may decide to move up to 168 and fight the likes of Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Those two opponents would provide a stern challenge and they would most certainly fancy their chances of beating Golovkin. There are many options for ‘GGG’ and it’s the perfect time to put him in some big fights.

What impresses me the most is the way Golovkin goes about his work. He’s smart, assured and clinical. He’s nice and loose and fluid too and he doesn’t like to rush his work. He’s great to watch and I’m positive we’ll see much more from him in the future.

Chris Eubank Jr – Can he follow in his Father’s footsteps?

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We all know who Chris Eubank is…an eccentric character who was (and still is), adored by many. He was a true warrior throughout his days as a professional boxer, who was involved in some of the greatest fights ever witnessed on British soil. Nowadays, we have another Chris Eubank on the scene, who has his own unique personality and fighting traits. In fact, some say that he tries his best to be his Father. Chris Eubank Jr everybody. I can tell you that he is not like his Father and he is his own Man. He wants to show us all in Britain that he means business and has big plans in boxing. He is actually aiming to follow in his Father’s footsteps and that is to one day become a World champion.

Eubank Jr is now 23 years of age. He turned pro in November 2011 and has since had nine pro bouts. He was kept busy during 2012, in which he fought a total of eight times in ten months. Due to unfortunate circumstances though in 2013, Eubank Jr has not fought once, and this has left him feeling both angry and frustrated. His fans have also grown impatient and had bombarded him with several messages via twitter, wanting to find out when he was due back in the ring. After six months of inactivity, he finally returns to action on June 8. Nottingham’s Tyan Booth will be his opponent on the James DeGale-Stjepan Bozic undercard at Glow, in Bluewater, Kent. Eubank Jr is planning to showcase his skills on the night, and in the process let his frustrations out on Booth. He is aiming to make a big statement come fight time.

Eubank Jr’s team will be aiming to keep him busy again with the intention of getting him in line for a shot at a domestic title. The British middleweight scene is thriving at the minute, with the likes of John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders surely on team Eubank’s radar. The thought of Eubank Jr mixing it with the likes of those two excites many fans, but first he must get past Booth.

Eubank Jr’s opponent is Tyan Booth (11-9-2, 2 KO’s), who is 30 years of age and hails from Nottingham, England. In comparison to Eubank Jr he is older and more experienced. He has fought for domestic titles in the past, including a British Masters middleweight title, a European middleweight title and an English middleweight title. Unfortunately, Booth came up short in each of those contests. He will be aiming to spoil the party on June 8.

Eubank Jr is hungry and I think he will beat Booth. I believe Eubank Jr will land solid shots throughout, beating Booth to the punch and should have the power to trouble him. However, I do not think Booth will be blown away early.

Eubank Jr will be knocking on the door of domestic titles soon I think. We will witness him develop over time I am sure, but, will we witness him become a World beater and a World champion…