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Here's Why World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Stock Is Up Today

Shares of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE Analyst Report) gained over 4.5% on Monday thanks to the $4 billion sale of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Although the WWE had no involvement in the UFC deal, the sale highlights the value of the sports industry currently. Additionally, the WWE and the UFC are more comparable than ever after the WWE’s Brock Lesnar was allowed to compete at last weekend’s UFC 200 pay-per-view.

Lesnar, who originally left the WWE to pursue a mixed-martial-arts career in the UFC, was forced to retire from “real” fighting over five years ago due to ongoing health concerns. He re-signed with WWE and has been wrestling on a part-time basis with the promotion ever since.

In a groundbreaking act of cross-promotion, WWE CEO Vince McMahon allowed Lesnar, who is still under contract with the wrestling promoter, to return to the UFC after his health recovered. In his first MMA fight in over five years, Lesnar defeated one of the UFC’s top-10 heavyweights in Mark Hunt this weekend, while the UFC played a commercial for the WWE’s upcoming Summerslam pay-per-view in a primetime slot right before the fight.

Just two days after this historic moment, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the company had been sold to talent agency WME-IMG, which partnered with equity firms Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR Snapshot Report) , and MSD Capital to execute the $4 billion dollar deal.

The $4 billion transaction represents the biggest purchase of an organization in sports history, an impressive feat for a once-shunned company that sold for just $2 million in 2000.

Following the Brock Lesnar fight, the WWE hopes to ride the momentum of the fighter into Summerslam, hopefully cashing in on a tide of newly-converted MMA fans. If those fans can make the UFC as valuable as it has proven to be, perhaps the WWE is worth more than some might think.

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Eubank Jr taunts Brook & GGG

Last Updated: 10/07/16 10:51am

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr and Kell Brook became embroiled in a war of words on social media on Saturday, as the fall-out to Brook’s highly-anticipated Sky Sports Box Office fight with Gennady Golovkin continued.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to fight? Golovkin,? but weeks of contract talks did not result in an agreement,? allowing Brook to jump the queue.

The WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Golovkin? tweeted: ‘Up early, time to run. #Respect to @SpecialKBrook for taking this fight. Excited to show the #UK who I am.’

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

But Eubank Jr took exception to the Kazakh’s post and replied: ‘@GGGBoxing You’re so called P4P but fighting a guy 2 weight divisions below u!? Nobody in the UK or anywhere else is going to respect you.’

He continued: ‘@GGGBoxing after you’re done bullying @SpecialKBrook & you’re ready for a fight with a real middleweight, I’ll be there #PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize’

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Brook himself then weighed in, posting: ‘@ChrisEubankJr you never wanted the fight I’ll show you how to deal with @GGGBoxing’.

Watch the video above to find out how the feud concluded.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Eubank Jr taunts Brook & GGG

Whyte faces Allen in Leeds

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:14pm

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte’s comeback will continue against unbeaten heavyweight Dave Allen on July 30, it has been confirmed.

Doncaster’s Allen (9-0-1-KO6) had previously insisted that he would not accept the opportunity on Josh Warrington’s Leeds undercard – live on Sky Sports – due to a lack of preparation, but appears to have had a change of heart.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed Kell Brook v Gennady Golovkin on Friday night, tweeted: “After yesterday’s news it looks like everyone wants to fight – Leeds July 30 just got even better – @DillianWhyte v @davidthewhiter1 is on!”

Ten-fight up-and-comer Allen, 24, had previously insisted that three weeks’ notice would hand an unfair advantage to Whyte (17-1-KO14), who has been preparing for a fight on the Leeds bill.

But he tweeted: “3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing.

3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing.

Dave Allen

“Always said if someone gave me a date and a reason to fight them I won’t shy away from anyone @DillianWhyte see you July 30th be ready.”

After Allen previously declined the opportunity due to the short notice, Whyte told Sky Sports last week: “If he doesn’t want to fight me on July 30 then he’s never going to get the chance to fight me.

“I felt sorry for the guy so I offered him the chance to launch his career by getting knocked out by me but the guy is a coward.”

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

The domestic heavyweight duel will serve as a step up in competition for the Brixton’s Whyte, who is coming back from a shoulder injury sustained in his sole career defeat to Anthony Joshua.

Whyte returned with a knockout win over Ivica Bacurin last month while Allen was last seen beating Jason Gavern in March.

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Nelson: 'Hunted' Kell can win

Johnny Nelson

Boxing Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 10/07/16 7:49am

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Johnny Nelson knows exactly what fellow Sheffielder Kell Brook is capable of, and believes he can upset the odds against Gennady Golovkin…

Brook to fight Golovkin

Blockbuster bout to be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office

It’s another Amir Khan-Canelo Alvarez shocker, isn’t it? Kell, an unbeaten welterweight world champion, wants to risk it all like Khan did.

People said Kell hadn’t fought anybody then, boom, he’s fighting one of the most ferocious punchers out there. He’s stepped up two weights to do it.

Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the ‘hunted’ mentality rather than the ‘hunter’ mentality.

Johnny Nelson

Like I said with Khan, this isn’t an impossible task. He has to stick to a game-plan. Kell is, without a doubt, the better technical fighter, Golovkin is clearly the bigger puncher. It’s a hard slog for Kell but it’s a possibility.

Kell is very strong at middleweight, people don’t realise that, and that’s why he’s so successful at welterweight. Probably, this will be a gradual progression for him to step up the weights because he could do that pretty easily.

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the ‘hunted’ mentality rather than the ‘hunter’ mentality. Therefore, I expect to see something outstanding from Kell.

Without a doubt he has more to gain than to lose. Kell will still have his IBF welterweight title. He loses his undefeated record if he does lose but what could he gain? Go back in history and look at fighters that have stepped up these weight divisions – Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. Kell can punch, Kell can box, Kell can move, Kell is hungry. Anybody that fights Kell will tell you his punches are like a stun gun.

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

If you compare this to Khan-Canelo, nobody thought Khan would have the punching power to hurt Canelo – he had speed and boxing ability. I believe Kell has the punching power, the speed and the boxing ability.

The people around Kell know he needs somebody that will set him on fire and give him a fear factor. Kell jumped at the opportunity.

If Kell pulls this off, he will be rated pound-for-pound among the best because he will have pulled off a feat that nobody else has done.

Kell Brook will challenge? WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Brook-GGG deal in 'two days'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:09pm

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn’t hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook needed just two days of negotiations to overtake Chris Eubank Jr in the race to fight Gennady Golovkin, the Kazakh’s promoter has said.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to meet Golovkin but weeks of contract talks didn’t result in an agreement, allowing Brook to jump the queue.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s representative, has revealed that Brook didn’t think twice about accepting the identical deal that had been offered to Eubank Jr weeks prior.

Loeffler exclusively told Sky Sports: “We thought the Eubank Jr fight was going to happen but, last Wednesday, [Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn] called me and said there’s problems.

“That’s when he suggested he would call Brook, to see if he would be interested in the fight.

“Brook agreed to the fight verbally, and we had the deal done within two days with the same deal that [Hearn] offered to Eubank Jr.

We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight.

Tom Loeffler

“We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight – he knows it’s the biggest fight of his career.”

Asked whether he believed Eubank Jr was intentionally pricing himself out of an agreement, Loeffler said: “That’s really a question for Eddie, who was involved in the internal discussions with Eubank.

“But it’s a lot easier when both fighters want to make a fight.

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here’s the best bits from Kell Brook’s rise

“It’s one thing being vocal, and talking about fighting someone.? If you really want to fight, you do what you can to make the fight.”

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, has never boxed for a title above 147lbs but will jump two weight divisions to challenge for Golovkin’s WBA Super, WBC and IBF middleweight titles.

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin’s best knockouts…

But Loeffler has insisted that the assumption Golovkin will have a size advantage is not true.

“It’s not as big a physical difference as people think – Brook is a huge welterweight and Gennady is a small middleweight,” he said.

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook’s speed, says Tom Loeffler

“If you see them standing next to each other, Brook is 5ft 9in and Gennady is 5ft 10in. It’s Brook’s speed and experience against Gennady’s power.

“Give Brook a lot of credit for stepping up. It’s a huge opportunity for him – and a huge opportunity for Gennady too.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Campbell: I'm no choir boy

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:18pm

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won’t lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell is keen to continue belying his boyish looks by showing true grit in the ring when he meets former world champion Argenis Mendez.

The Hull lightweight (13-1-KO11) takes on Mendez (23-4-1-KO12) on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30 and says spirit as much as technical skill will help propel him to world level.

‘Cool Hand’ told Sky Sports: “A hell of a lot of people will underestimate me because I look like a little boy but I’ve got a big heart. Not only that, but I’m really dedicated to this sport. I’m in it for one reason; to be the best.

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

“There’s no way I’m going to go in there and back down for anybody. I don’t train for that. I would live in regret for the rest of my life if I ever thought I’d backed down or given up against anybody. It’s not in my nature. I believe I’ve got a bigger heart than anyone.”

Campbell, who won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games as a bantamweight, was beaten for the first time as a professional in December 2015 when Yvan Mendy knocked him down on the way to a points upset.

However, far from that defeat damaging confidence, Campbell insists he learned a great deal on that disappointing night at The O2 and plans to leave it behind as his sole career loss.

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

“You don’t achieve what I’ve achieved and won what I’ve won without mental toughness and heart. It was a defeat I shouldn’t have faced because I shouldn’t have been in there that night but everything happens for a reason.

“I can still sit here with a smile on my face, taking the positives from that fight. There have been a lot of changes made since then, too.”

Watch Campbell v Mendez as part of Warrington v Hyland live on Sky Sports on July 30.

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Eubank Jr: Brook-GGG a 'joke'

Last Updated: 08/07/16 8:13pm

Chris Eubank Jr expected to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr expected to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr expected to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has criticised Gennady Golovkin’s decision to overlook him in favour of Kell Brook.

Golovkin had been in negotiations to fight Eubank Jr and a deal appeared imminent until a shock announcement that the Kazakh had signed to face Brook instead.

British champion Eubank Jr has denied that his negotiations thwarted a deal to fight the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Golovkin.

I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke.

Chris Eubank Jr

“I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced,” he announced on social media on Friday.

“I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke #2Small.”

Kell Brook's best moments so far

Kell Brook's best moments so far

Kell Brook’s best moments so far

IBF welterweight champion Brook will jump two weight divisions to challenge for Golovkin’s 160lbs titles on September 10 at The O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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'Eubanks made deal impossible'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:02pm

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Eddie Hearn has blamed “impossible” demands made by Chris Eubank Jr and Sr for the collapse of a deal to fight Gennady Golovkin.

Negotiations for Eubank Jr to challenge Golovkin for his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles were abandoned when the former failed to sign the fight contract before a deadline specified by Golovkin’s camp.

Kazakh superstar Golovkin will instead defend his titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell’s finest

Speaking about the dramatic turn of events on Sky Sports News HQ, Hearn said: “I worked for three weeks on that fight (Eubank Jr versus Golovkin), negotiating with Chris Eubank Sr. It felt like three years.

“We got into a position where everybody was ready to sign. He (Eubank Jr) was offered the same pay-per-view deal as Anthony Joshua, Carl Froch and the one that Kell Brook accepted.

“Unfortunately they (the Eubanks) made the deal impossible. The things they wanted were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will move up two divisions to take on feared knockout artist Golovkin, who has 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Brook had been in talks to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie? Vargas in a unification bout but jumped at the chance to face Golovkin when Hearn informed him about Eubank Jr missing the deadline to take the fight.

Explaining how the fight came about, Hearn said: “Well, it was madness to be honest with you.

“We were in talks for two separate fights between Chris Eubank Jr. and Gennady Golovkin and also for Kell Brook in a unification clash with Jessie Vargas.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10

“The Eubanks were given a deadline for the fight and chose not to accept it.

“Then all of a sudden I was on the phone to Kell Brook and I said ‘it’s a shame you aren’t a middleweight, you could fight Golovkin’ and he said ‘I’ll fight Golovkin’. I asked if he was serious and he said ‘absolutely, sign me up’.

“Twenty-four hours later he signed the deal and he is fighting the most dangerous man on the planet, the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr’s career has been carefully crafted by his father

One man who was less than pleased to see Brook fighting Golovkin was Eubank Jr and he took to Twitter to deny ever being offered a contract to face Golovkin.

Eubank Jr tweeted: “I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced. I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke. #2Small”

Despite the difficulties with negotiations, Hearn feels this is a temporary setback for Eubank Jr.

Hearn said: “There is a huge future for Chris Eubank Jr. He can fight the winner later on in the year. He has got a big future ahead of him. He misses out this time but I am sure he will get his shot in due course.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

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Khan backs Brook's GGG choice

Last Updated: 08/07/16 7:35pm

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has backed Kell Brook’s audacious decision to challenge middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.

The Sheffield fighter is stepping up two divisions to face the fearsome Golovkin, just a few months after Khan courageously jumped up in weight to battle Saul Alvarez in May.

Khan’s brave bid to claim the WBC middleweight title was ended by a sixth-round stoppage defeat to the Mexican and Brook is attempting an equally daunting task by battling the big-punching Kazakh on September 10 at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on Sky Sports Box Office

But the Bolton man has set aside his bitter rivalry with Brook and expressed his support for a fellow British fighter.

He tweeted: “Great work Eddie, preferred to have seen @ChrisEubankJr fight @GGGBoxing with his style but fair play.

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

“Behind you 100% @SpecialKBrook glad you took a leaf out of my book, tough ask but anything can happen, just don’t pull out.

“British fighters running the sport of boxing right now, so many fighters willing to fight the best and taking chances.”

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Why is Brook fighting GGG?

Last Updated: 08/07/16 7:41pm

Kell Brook has landed the biggest fight of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook has landed the biggest fight of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook has landed the biggest fight of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook has made the audacious decision to fight Gennady Golovkin – but why?

The IBF welterweight champion from Sheffield will jump up two weight divisions and 13lbs to challenge for the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter’s? WBA Super, WBC and IBF middleweight gold on Sky Sports Box Office.

The September 10 fight is a risky move by Brook, who was expected to meet fellow welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in his next fight, so we have weighed up the pros and cons of fighting Golovkin.

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What could Brook gain?

Take a look at Brook's boxing journey so far..

Take a look at Brook's boxing journey so far..

Take a look at Brook’s boxing journey so far..

The opportunity to trump his perennial rival Amir Khan will enable Brook to puff out his chest as he considers his newly-announced fight. Khan, of course, emerged with great credit despite a violent defeat at the hands of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez due to his gutsy decision to jump up two weight divisions in pursuit of a big-punching world champion.

Brook will now make a far steeper jump. Khan-Canelo was actually at a 155lbs catchweight and the Mexican’s concerns with meeting Golovkin at the true middleweight limit have been well-documented. Brook, eschewing any such fear, will leap into the 160lbs lion’s den in a manoeuvre braver than Khan’s.

Amir Khan (left) lost to Canelo and the chance to out-perform his rival is key to Brook

Amir Khan (left) lost to Canelo and the chance to out-perform his rival is key to Brook

Amir Khan (left) lost to Canelo and the chance to out-perform his rival is key to Brook

Canelo, it should be remembered, had been beaten by Floyd Mayweather and the optimism was that Khan’s skill-set could replicate that result. There is still no answer to Golovkin’s path of destruction meaning Brook is walking an untrodden path into a more complex fight. Brook v Golovkin is a clear attempt to usurp Khan’s brave efforts against Canelo. Until a fight finally materialises, that will be the sweetest blow Brook can land on Khan.

The Kazakh king’s perfect run of 35 wins sees him sitting peerlessly as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter. After a generation owned by Mayweather, Golovkin is the attack-minded antidote who nobody can beat. More than just a ploy to irritate Khan, Brook’s decision to fight Golovkin is a bid to dethrone the No 1 fighter in the sport.

35 opponents have failed to deal with Gennady Golovkin (right)

35 opponents have failed to deal with Gennady Golovkin (right)

35 opponents have failed to deal with Gennady Golovkin (right)

The opportunity to rip away the gleaming array of belts that adorn Golovkin’s waist also exists for Brook. He would become a two-weight world champion with a full 13lbs separating the two divisions that he would rule.

What if Brook wins? He would own a 37-0 unbeaten record, better than Golovkin’s, with a substantially better marquee win than anyone that the Kazakh has beaten. World titles at welterweight and middleweight, having defeated unbeaten champions to take control of each division, could catapult Brook into the pound-for-pound position that Golovkin currently owns.

What could Brook lose?

Check out Gennady Golovkin's most brutal knockouts

Check out Gennady Golovkin's most brutal knockouts

Check out Gennady Golovkin’s most brutal knockouts

The danger of getting knocked out is not simply that it ends a fight. The type of punches that Golovkin deliver can shorten careers and change lives. Iron chins never last forever, and Golovkin is the type of opponent whose victims never fully recover from losing to him.

The force of his knockouts will change the way a boxer reacts to future punches. The confidence built up from years inside the gym to stand toe-to-toe can evaporate after absorbing what he has to offer. Fighting Golovkin, simply put, is a risk to progressing a career beyond him.

Gennady Golovkin beat Dominic Wade last time out

Gennady Golovkin beat Dominic Wade last time out

Gennady Golovkin beat Dominic Wade last time out

Was Khan ever the same after his knockout defeats? Breidis Prescott raised questions about his defence that may have convinced Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia his chin was worth pursuing. Brook has no such doubts lingering above his head but losing to boxing’s foremost knockout artist could affect how future opponents view him.

Brook’s bank balance can’t lose regardless of the result on September 10, but he would be wise to count his coins for a rainy day. He stands to lose the opportunity to enter any future big-fight negotiations as the man in demand.

There is a battered and bruised pile of Golovkin’s 35 fallen opponents ready to welcome Brook into their growing club but Britain’s world welterweight champion has faith that the risk is worth the reward.

Brook will fight Golovkin at The O2 Arena on September 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Why is Brook fighting GGG?