Promoter Eddie Hearn has described Kell Brook’s September 10 showdown with Gennady Golovkin as the ‘ultimate challenge’ for the welterweight world champion.
Brook, 30, signed to fight middleweight king Golovkin at the O2 Arena in the fall on the back of contract stalling by Chris Eubank Jr. and now moves up thirteen pounds to face the most feared fighter on the planet.
Hearn, who oversaw the deal late last week, is delighted to have managed to seal what is a massive opportunity for Brook, although at the same time is highly weary of the task presented to ‘The Special One’ in nine weeks’ time.
“I couldn’t be happier for Kell. We have pushed for that big name for a long time with many reluctant to step into the ring with him and now this is the ultimate challenge, the biggest fight of 2016 and I can’t tell you how happy I am to bring it to the UK,” said Hearn before clarifying that he plans to add a host of big names to the event.
“September 10 is going to be an incredible night at The O2 – it’s a special night for British sport and we will provide a packed show with multiple World title fights and some of the biggest names in British boxing.”
Golovkin has already begun to focus on the fight just hours after the official statement from Matchroom Boxing and hopes to take his record to 36-0 with yet another victory.
Brook will be aiming to go one better and improve to 37-0 in a huge battle of two undefeated champions in the UK’s capital.