Exclusive: Sulaiman admits surprise at Brook’s 176lbs, holds no pre-fight weigh-in worries
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was, like the rest of us, extremely taken aback by the weight differential between welterweight Kell Brook and middleweight star Gennady Golovkin earlier this month.
At the 30-day check weight, and despite agreeing to move up 13 pounds from 147 to 160, Brook scaled an eye-popping 176 pounds one month out – bang on 10% over the stipulated WBC limit.
To put that into perspective, Brook weighed 29 pounds over his usual weight limit as Golovkin came in at a predictable 165 pounds as the Kazakh drops gradually during the weeks before a fight.
Asked how he felt when Brook’s team at Matchroom sent over the picture proving his weight, Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News: “I was a bit surprised that Kell Brook weighed 176 pounds, but at the same time it also shows that he is a big, strong welterweight.
“I’m very proud of the 30-day weigh-in rule was put to notice for everybody as we know 30 days out Brook is exactly at the ten percent margin for the Golovkin fight.
“I think it’s a great rule that we have and I’m sure he will make the weight by fight time,” added the WBC figurehead.
Brook, 30, has always been tight at welterweight and famously struggled in the past before using a more scientific approach to his weight-loss. The Yorkshireman may find it difficult to get back down to his old weight after September 10 though, despite stating his intention to do so.
Errol Spence Jr. waits in the wings for Brook, win or lose against Golovkin in London, although the American may be set to fight for the vacant title as ‘The Special One’ contemplates a future at 154 or above.
Meanwhile, the WBC’s seven-day weigh-in will take place next Saturday.