Former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes Kell Brook could have gone on longer when trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel in the fifth round of their recent bout with Gennady Golovkin.
Brook suffered a broken eye socket and was ‘seeing three or four’ Golovkin’s at the time of the stoppage, although Mayweather insists that ‘The Special One’ may have had more to give.
“If I was in Kell Brook’s corner, I wouldn’t have stopped the fight… honestly,” Mayweather told Fighthype.com
“It was a very, very close fight, some had ‘GGG’ ahead, some had Kell Brook ahead. I probably had Kell Brook ahead a little bit.”
WBN scored the fight level 38-38 at the time as Brook enhanced his reputation with a brave performance against one of the most dangerous fighters in the world, not to mention going up 13 pounds into the bargain.
Whilst handing out a pat on the back to Brook, Mayweather couldn’t help having a slight dig at ‘GGG’ for not at least making the jump to 168 himself after all but cleaning out the middleweight division.
“In the sport of boxing, it’s about taking risks. I respect Kell Brook for taking a risk, going up two weight classes, now we’re waiting for Triple G to go up and take risks like every other champion,” he said.
The general consensus is Golovkin should at least take on the likes of James DeGale or Badou Jack in his mission to become the pound for pound best, whilst there are some who even see Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson as more of a challenge at 175 pounds.
Golovkin would probably struggle to head up the 15 pounds necessary to compete at light-heavyweight right now, but seems intent on claiming the final belt at his usual weight, currently held by Briton Billy Joe Saunders.
Following the Brook win, Saunders had the audacity to call on Golovkin to unify in the coming months which would then mean a certain jump to 168 for the Kazakh in 2017 and put an end to any chances of a lucrative fight with Canelo Alvarez.