Canelo vs Golovkin prediction: Is Triple G past his prime?Written by Lee Cleveland
A week ahead of his high-stakes showdown with Errol Spence, IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook chimed in on September's Canelo vs Golovkin superfight.
Brook, of course, was stopped by Gennady Golovkin last fall but gave a rousing effort.
"I think Canelo is in his prime but Golovkin is not in his prime anymore," Brook told Sky Sports during filming Behind The Ropes.
"I think he's still up there [among the world's best], but with the fight against me and Daniel Jacobs I think there's a blueprint that now they've got in their minds that he can be beaten.
And despite insisting that the 35 year old Golovkin had seen his best days, Kell likes GGG via a knockout.
"[But] Triple G might be too strong and too much in his face. I can see a Golovkin knockout."
Perhaps Kell should be giving Jacobs and himself more credit for their performances against Triple G.
Brook unleashed some good shots on Golovkin but Kell was supposed to be the smaller, quicker fighter anyway. Moreover, Kell Brook entered the fight unbeaten and as one of RING Magazine's top 10 fighters pound for pound in the world.
On Golovkin's end, there was no shame in getting clocked a few times by a quicker, elite level world champion.
As for Daniel Jacobs, he is the best middleweight Triple G has faced to date. At 29, the rangy Jacobs entered that bout 32-1 with 29 KOs... Not exactly modest numbers. And keep in mind, he's the same fella who stopped Peter Quillin in the opening stanza.
Let's face it: Jacobs was a big, strong, fast middleweight with a long reach and an 88 percent KO-to-fights ratio.
Canelo vs GGG News
Date: September 16, 2107
Broadcast: HBO PPV (US)
Champion: Golovkin (Consensus)
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Eight to one odds for that bout was absurd, and prior to the fight I hinted the Golovkin vs Jacobs odds were off.
Triple G was, indeed, tested in his last two fights but consider who he fought. He's not slipping; He's simply facing better, more threatening opposition.
Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs were the right opponents for Triple G at the right time. Their styles are different than Canelo Alvarez's but they gave Golovkin a chance to test his mettle on the big stage against a) elitle level skills and speed (Kell Brook) and b) elite level skills and power (Daniel Jacobs).
And while Triple G had previously KO'd David Lemieux, a true knockout artist, the latter didn't have the speed and skills of Brook and Jacobs.
There's absolutely nothing to indicate Gennady Golovkin is past his prime.
Golovkin vs Brook highlights
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