Golovkin turns attention to Saunders following Brook stoppage
Fighting in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 at The O2 in London, England, Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0, 33 KO’s) stopped Undefeated British Boxing Star and Welterweight World Champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-1, 25KO’s) in the fifth round of an action packed clash from the opening bell.
The stoppage was Golokvin’s 23rd straight knockout and his 17th consecutive world title defense.
Battering Brook in the first round, Golovkin started very strong against the valiant Brook. The second and third rounds saw excellent two-way action which had the partisan crowd on their feet for the native of Sheffield, England.
Fighting with a badly damaged right eye from Golovkin’s range finding jabs, Brook absorbed a wealth of punishment in the fourth round.
Starting fast in the fifth round, Golovkin battered Brook around the ring, displaying his full arsenal with power shots to the head and body. On very shaky legs, Brook’s head trainer Dominic Ingle jumped on the ring apron to throw in the towel and stop the carnage.
“I wanted a ‘Big Drama Show’, this was more like street fight, I knew I was stronger than him.” said Golokvin. “He couldn’t handle my power; I knew I was hurting him.”
“I want to fight Billy Jo Saunders next, he has the belt and I want a unification fight to get all the middleweight titles.”
Stated a dejected Brook, “My trainer was looking out for me, he’s known me a very long time. I think the eye injury may be bad, but if I lose I want to lose by getting knocked out.”
“I’m not sure what I will do next, what weight I’ll fight at. I need a little time to make a decision.”
Golovkin vs. Brook was presented by Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions. The replay will air this evening on HBO World Championship Boxing (10pm ET/PT) immediately following the World Super Flyweight Championship between Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter in the World, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO’s) and Undefeated Champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27KO’s) from The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California.