Fans speculate about possible Golovkin illness before Brook fight

Lawrence Lustig

A portion of fans prior to this weekend’s massive event have questioned whether there may be something wrong with Gennady Golovkin in the days leading up to the Kell Brook fight.

Since the press conference on Thursday, social media speculation has surrounded the Kazakh who was noticeably not his usual smiley and cheerful self later in the week.

Golovkin cut short interview obligations to return to his quarters after the media gathering, and at the weigh-in on Friday, failed to show any pleasure at hitting a pound under the limit.

‘GGG’ is normally a picture of happiness around fight time, although his team denied the middleweight king is feeling ill or any effects of flying into the UK only last Sunday.

Some Twitter comments have even used the word ‘gaunt,’ whilst others have simply stated that Golovkin was ill before the Gabriel Rosado fight previously and was still as devastating as ever.

Odds on a Brook victory have since shortened marginally as the Yorkshireman looked in tremendous shape for his defining night and has been enjoying the extra poundage afforded to a predominant welterweight.

Even Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn gave a mention to how pale Golovkin had been looking in an interview with Sky Sports but was challenged with attempting to play up Brook’s chances.

Either way, nothing will be revealed until the fighters enter the ring on Saturday night at the O2 Arena to battle it out to be recognised as one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet.