IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook is still talking about his fight against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin from September 10 in which he lost to the Kazakhstan fighter by a 5th round TKO. Brook feels proud that he was able to trouble the unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) at times with his punches.
Brook notes that he was able to lift Golovkin up at one point in the fight with a big punch. Brook is obviously talking about the left hand uppercut that he hit Golovkin with in round 2 of their contest. It was a good shot from Brook, but it didn’t have Golovkin off his feet. His moved his head upwards. That was the last bit of glory from Brook though, because Golovkin dominated rounds 3, 4 and 5. The fight was stopped after Brook stopped fighting back in the 5th after getting hit with a right to the body by Golovkin. Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel after Brook took some hard shots from Golovkin. Referee Marlon Wright stopped the contest at 1:57 of round 5.
Brook said this to Fighthype.com about his loss to Golovkin:
“I’m just pleased. I’ve got the grit inside me where I stood and pushed him back,” said Brook about Golovkin. ”I had him off his feet. I let some rockets go. I’m more pleased with the excitement and everybody since that fight congratulating me on what a night they had and the atmosphere. I showed something when I pushed this guy back. I think it would have been, you know, to get in there with a few fighters underneath him at middleweight.”
It’s nice that Brook landed some shots on Golovkin, but any welterweight would have done the same thing. Golovkin was not focusing on his defense for the Brook fight like he’d done against David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens. Golovkin was walking straight in looking to take Brook’s head off with each shot. Where Brook did a good job was with his defense. He made Golovkin miss with a lot of his punches.
Brook did an excellent job of countering Golovkin. However, Brook couldn’t hurt Golovkin, and he was constantly being forced to defend all the shots that he was throwing at him. Golovkin landed a high percentage of his shots in the fight, and that was bad news for Brook. You can’t have a puncher like Golovkin connecting a lot and expect to get favorable results. Golovkin landed 133 of 301 punches for a connect percentage of 44. Brook landed 85 of 261 shots for a connect percentage of 33.
In the future, Brook is going to need to impress upon his trainer Ingle not to be so quick to throw in the towel, because he can’t win fights if his trainer is going to be throwing in the towel each time he’s under duress.
Brook is supposed to be defending his IBF welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr. in his next fight. Unless Brook vacates his title, he’s going to be experiencing pressure similar to the pressure that Golovkin put him under. If Ingle is just going to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble for Brook, then this fight might not last more than six rounds, because Spence is a huge puncher. The blueprint is now there in how to beat Brook by pressuring him and hitting him to the body. He doesn’t like it to the body.