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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?

WATCH: Heavy hitters – June

Last Updated: 04/07/16 4:20pm

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

Watch some of the biggest punches in boxing last month!

June was an eventful month for boxing and we cast our minds back to emphatic stoppage wins for the likes of Conor Benn and Demetrius Andrade.

Having endured the frustration of being taken the distance in his second professional bout, Benn was keen to return to action with a more emphatic performance at The O2.

On the same bill, former Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo continued his comeback from an injury-ravaged two years in similarly impressive style – becoming the first man to stop Frane Radnic.

There was also some emphatic action Stateside, with both Dejan Zlaticanin and Demetrius Andrade impressing.

Zlaticanin, who famously beat Ricky Burns in Glasgow two years ago, was at his brutal best as he thumped Franklin Mamani aside to claim the WBC world lightweight crown.

Andrade, who is gearing up for an assault on the world super-welterweight world titles, had to wait until the final round to stop Willie Nelson. When he did, though, it was clinical.

Play the video at the top of the page to see all that and much more on June’s edition of Heavy Hitters…

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Avoided and underrated?

Last Updated: 04/07/16 4:39pm

(Left to right): Artur Beterbiev, Errol Spence Jr and Erislandy Lara

(Left to right): Artur Beterbiev, Errol Spence Jr and Erislandy Lara

(Left to right): Artur Beterbiev, Errol Spence Jr and Erislandy Lara

A look at five boxers who, for a variety of reasons, are yet to find their talents matched by fame and glory.

Errol Spence Jr (20-0-KO17)

Errol Spence is a welterweight bound for greatness

Errol Spence is a welterweight bound for greatness

Errol Spence is a welterweight bound for greatness

Seen as the natural heir to Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight throne, the legend goes that Spence blackened the eye of ‘Money’ in a sparring session. Neither man has ever confirmed or denied the rumours but the fact remains Spence is surely due a world title shot in the not-too-distant future.

The manner in which he dismantled former world champion Chris Algieri inside five rounds last time out sent out another message to his rivals. The current welterweight kings –

Eubank Jr goads GGG again

Last Updated: 04/07/16 11:09am

Chris Eubank Jr is determined to face Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr is determined to face Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr is determined to face Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has continued his pursuit of Gennady Golovkin by issuing another stern warning via social media.

The British middleweight champion is keen to graduate to world level with a lucrative clash with WBA Super, WBC and IBF champion Golovkin (35-0-KO32) and a deal could be confirmed this week.

Eubank Jr (23-1-KO18) swatted away the challenge of Tom Doran on June 25 and used his post-fight interview to address the Kazakh directly; looking straight down the camera and asserting: “I’m coming for you.”

Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before facing Tom Doran

Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before facing Tom Doran

Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before facing Tom Doran

That prompted Golovkin to seemingly accept the Brighton man’s challenge, responding via social media: “I’m ready, who’s next? @chriseubankjr @EddieHearn @SkySportsBoxing.”

Golovkin left Eubank Jr’s name off a subsequent challenge to the division, prompting the Englishman to post: “You

Brook & Vargas trade threats

Last Updated: 04/07/16 10:29am

Kell Brook is expected to fight Jessie Vargas this summer

Kell Brook is expected to fight Jessie Vargas this summer

Kell Brook is expected to fight Jessie Vargas this summer

Kell Brook and fellow world welterweight champion Jessie Vargas have traded blows on social media ahead of a prospective unification clash this summer.

IBF champion Brook (36-0-KO25) had been expected to confirm a clash with WBO holder Vargas (27-1-KO10) at Bramall Lane in September but with talks yet to be completed, the American launched a verbal assault.

Vargas said via social media: “I signed my part of the deal a month ago but things have changed and I want to update and apologize to my fans. The date for my next fight has been changed due to the fact that Brook is having trouble signing his end of the deal.

Vargas parades the WBO world title

Vargas parades the WBO world title

Vargas parades the WBO world title

“Thank you for your support and I will keep you informed.

“He doesn’t seem to be interested in the fight from the looks of it. Next big fight that the fans would enjoy would be the [Timothy] Bradley rematch!”

Kell Brook is keen to take on Keith Thurman after Jessie Vargas

Kell Brook is keen to take on Keith Thurman after Jessie Vargas

Kell Brook is keen to take on Keith Thurman after Jessie Vargas

The outbursts prompted an angry reaction from ‘The Special One’, who responded: “Stop talking **** @jesse_vargasJV TR [Top Rank] have the terms (over 3 times your biggest purse). We are ready to knock you clean out #unified.”

Vargas, 27, won the vacant WBO belt with an impressive ninth-round stoppage of Sadam Ali in March.

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Burns ordered to fight Relikh

Last Updated: 01/07/16 1:04pm

Ricky Burns wants 'big fights' after his WBA super-lightweight title success

Ricky Burns wants 'big fights' after his WBA super-lightweight title success

Ricky Burns wants ‘big fights’ after his WBA super-lightweight title success

The WBA have ordered their world super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns to defend his title against Kiryl Relikh.

Burns (40-5-1-KO14) became Scotland’s first-ever three-weight world champion in May when he stopped Michele di Rocco to win the vacant title in jubilant Glasgow.

Now the WBA’s Championships Committee have swiftly ordered a clash with their Inter-Continental champion Relikh (21-0-KO19) – much to the delight of the young Belarussian’s promoter; former world champion Ricky Hatton.

Kiryl Relikh (left) is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton

Kiryl Relikh (left) is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton

Kiryl Relikh (left) is promoted by former world champion Ricky Hatton

Hatton said via his social media page: “Delighted my lad Kyril Relikh has been mandated to fight @ricksterko for his @WBABoxing title.”

Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn has 30 days to agree a deal to stage the bout or it will go to purse bids.

Relikh, who is known as ‘The Mad Bee’, made his professional debut in 2011 in his home country. He fought in Britain for the first time in December 2014 and was most recently in action in May, when he stopped Joaquim Carneiro in Bolton.

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GGG 'willing to face Eubank Jr'

Last Updated: 01/07/16 12:32pm

Gennady Golovkin could be on a collision course with Chris Eubank Jr

Gennady Golovkin could be on a collision course with Chris Eubank Jr

Gennady Golovkin could be on a collision course with Chris Eubank Jr

Gennady Golovkin is willing to come to the United Kingdom to defend his three middleweight world titles against Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr, according to his promoter Tom Loeffler.

Eubank Jr’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already revealed he expects the fight to be made soon and Loeffler has said the two sides are now “working on finalising details”.

“GGG is willing to go to the UK to defend his world titles, and it would be a huge event,” Loeffler told the Associated Press. “Hopefully we can get the fight signed.”

A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr is close to being agreed, according to Eddie Hearn

A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr is close to being agreed, according to Eddie Hearn

A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr is close to being agreed, according to Eddie Hearn

If the contest is confirmed, it would likely involve Golovkin (35-0-KO32) travelling to England in September to take on Eubank Jr (23-1-KO18), with the venue potentially the O2 Arena.

Eubank Jr moved a step closer to a showdown with Kazakhstani knockout specialist Golovkin by defending his British middleweight title with a commanding

Haye: Now you understand, Fury

Last Updated: 28/06/16 7:35pm

David Haye has some degree of empathy with Tyson Fury

David Haye has some degree of empathy with Tyson Fury

David Haye has some degree of empathy with Tyson Fury

David Haye has fired a thinly-veiled broadside at Tyson Fury after the world heavyweight champion postponed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

The WBA ‘Super’ and WBO world champion (25-0-KO18) sustained an ankle sprain that prompted the scheduled July 9 bout to be scrapped and the news has left Haye (28-2-KO26) disappointed.

The Londoner, who famously pulled out of facing Fury twice due to injury problems, told Sky Sports: “I know I got a lot of criticism from Fury, but maybe now that he’s had an injury he will understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do.

‘Just enjoying himself’

Peter Fury on Tyson Fury’s presence at Euro 2016

“I had to have an operation on my shoulder which put me out for over a year, and out of the ring for two years. Tyson’s done an ankle, but he doesn’t seem too injured.

“I saw him dancing around during the Euros, so his injury can’t be that bad. I reckon he’ll recover quickly and get back on it.”

Haye takes no pleasure from Fury’s misfortune and hopes to see his heavyweight rival back in action soon.

“It wasn’t amusing, I wanted to see the fight,” he added.

Haye would welcome a clash against Anthony Joshua

Haye would welcome a clash against Anthony Joshua

Haye would welcome a clash against Anthony Joshua

“Tyson’s first scheduled bout with Wladimir was called off when Klitschko got injured, and that delayed the fight for a few weeks. So you can’t really give Tyson too much stick.”

Fury’s presence at Euro 2016 in the wake of his injury has been defended by uncle and trainer Peter Fury,

McGregor-Floyd 'must be 50-50'

Last Updated: 28/06/16 11:49am

Conor McGregor posted this picture via his Instagram page

Conor McGregor posted this picture via his Instagram page

Conor McGregor posted this picture via his Instagram page

Conor McGregor is only interested in a lucrative cross-code clash with Floyd Mayweather if the money is evenly split, says his trainer.

The UFC star has long been linked with a clash with currently-retired boxing legend Mayweather (49-0-KO26), who officially brought the curtain down on his career in September 2015 with a points win over Andre Berto.

Although UFC president Dana White recently stated that no member of Team Mayweather had been in touch over arranging the bout, ‘Money’ has named McGregor as “the only fight” he would consider returning for.

He [Mayweather] has figured out boxing, but Conor doesn’t move like a boxer.

John Kavanagh

If negotiations ever advance, McGregor’s head trainer John Kavanagh has warned that the Irishman will not be prepared for anything less than 50-50.

In an article reported in the Business Post in Ireland, Kavanagh said: “There was talk that Conor would get $7m and Floyd would get the rest of it. It will be an even share or Conor will not do it. There is nobody generating the type of media that Conor is.

Michael Bisping breaks down upcoming fights involving Conor McGregor and Brock Lesnar.

Michael Bisping breaks down upcoming fights involving Conor McGregor and Brock Lesnar.

Michael Bisping breaks down upcoming fights involving Conor McGregor and Brock Lesnar.

“It would have to be an even split. Conor is not going to take it if Floyd is getting more than him. Floyd needs Conor more than Conor needs Floyd right now.

“Floyd is amazing. He is incredible. I don’t think there is a boxer who could beat him. He has figured out boxing, but Conor doesn’t move like a boxer.”

McGregor is currently preparing to try to avenge March’s defeat to Nate Diaz.

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WATCH: Ogogo foe going, gone

Last Updated: 28/06/16 10:31am

Watch Anthony Ogogo's impressive win over Frane Radnic

Watch Anthony Ogogo's impressive win over Frane Radnic

Watch Anthony Ogogo’s impressive win over Frane Radnic

Anthony Joshua, Chris Eubank Jr and George Groves may have taken the headlines but Anthony Ogogo also made his mark at The O2.

The Olympic bronze medallist has endured a nightmare run of injuries in the past two years and his bout on Saturday night was only his third since the summer of 2014.

Having finally overcome serious Achilles and shoulder problems, the 27-year-old is back in the groove under the promotional umbrellas of Golden Boy and Team Sauerland.

Anthony Ogogo is confident of beating any of his middleweight rivals

Anthony Ogogo is confident of beating any of his middleweight rivals

Anthony Ogogo is confident of beating any of his middleweight rivals

In Frane Radnic (11-3-KO10), Ogogo was facing a Croatian with an impressive knockout percentage who had never been stopped.

Having spoken in the build-up of his desire to make it to the top of the middleweight division and face the likes of Chris Eubank Jr along the way, the pressure was on for Ogogo to make a statement against the visitor.

So as he looks to make up for lost time, could Ogogo wow the early birds at The O2? Play the video at the top of the page to find out…

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