Golovkin scores stoppage win over Brook
Despite the feelings by many that Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight title defense against welterweight titlist Kell Brook was a mismatch, the fight turned out to be a bit of a barnburner, as Brook was game and at times made Golovkin look average during the showdown at The O2 in London.
Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs), who was rumored to not be feeling well during the week, almost ended things early as he stunned Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) in the first round, nearly sending him to the canvas. Brook however, held on and came back strong in the final thirty seconds of the round, landing a set of combinations and a right uppercut.
In the second round, both fighters utilized their jabs well, especially Brook, who landed plenty of quick combinations, and a big uppercut from Brook near the end of the round got the crowd on their feet. The speed of Brook continued to be a factor early in the third, as he countered Golovkin well and made his nose bleed. Golovkin though, came out very aggressively in the fourth, and bloodied up Brook’s nose, while the swelling in the right eye continued to get worse.
In the fifth, Golovkin came out swinging and quickly trapped Brook along the ropes while unloading big punches. Brook tried to move away and though he wasn’t attacking, appeared to be somewhat defending himself. Golovkin meanwhile, continued applying pressure and after tagging Brook with a couple of hooks, Brook’s corner threw in the towel.
After the fight, Golovkin said he’d give himself a 3 or a 4 in regards to his performance and acknowledged he didn’t look good as he tried going for a knockout early.
Brook for his part, said he was disappointed with the stoppage but felt he fought well and said he plans to move to 154 pounds when he returns.
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