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Loeffler: Nobody wanted to fight GGG or Brook – problem solved

Phil Jay 14/07/2016

Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says a fight with Kell Brook is good for everybody as the pair struggled to nail down top challenges at their respective weight classes.

Brook steps up thirteen pounds to tackle middleweight Golovkin on September 10 in London, although Loeffler admitted that they hadn’t really thought beyond a fight with Chris Eubank Jr.

That fight ultimately collapsed, and once Brook’s name was mentioned by Loeffler’s counterpart Eddie Hearn, it was full steam ahead for an undefeated battle of champions at the O2 Arena.

“Kell wasn’t really on our radar screen because he’s a welterweight, so we didn’t expect him to be a realistic opponent,” Loeffler told Sky Sports News HQ.

“But I think Kell had been thinking about this fight for a while because he’s had a challenge getting the big welterweight names to fight him, just like we’ve had the same challenge getting big middleweight names to fight Gennady.

“So this really solves the problem for both fighters. It’s a massive event. I was at the fight in the United States when Kell beat Porter and he made a huge statement in that fight.”

Between them, Golovkin and Brook boast a 71-0 record, which means someone’s ‘0’ will go, whilst the winner goes on to potentially be recognised as the best pound for pound fighter in the world.