Golovkin vs Brook: Brit has the power to KO GGGWritten by Leroy Cleveland
When welterweight champion Kell Brook steps into the ring to face middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, the former will probably weigh between 165 and 172 lbs.
A world class fighter that size, especially one with Brook's explosiveness, can easily knockout a professional heavyweight if the latter gets careless or is ill-equipt to handle the smaller man's skill and/or speed.
In fact, a strong welterweight has the power to knockout heavyweights.
When I trained back in the day, former welterweight champion Simon Brown accomplished that feat a few times in the gym.
And it was Mike Tyson who once said, "A welterweight version of Thomas Hearns could knockout heavyweights."
In Summer 1995, on USA Tuesday Night Fights, Franco Wanyama (then 15-3-2, 8 KO), a little known cruiserweight barely weighing 190 lbs faced red hot, hulking heavyweight James Thunder (then 26-5, 21 KO) who was a last minute replacement for Thomas Hearns, ironically, who dropped out of the Wanyama bout due to injury.
The lanky Wanyama, ceding 31 pounds, knocked down his much larger foe in the 3rd round and rocked him several times more en route to winning an upset split decision.
Thunder, who was used to fighting, bigger, slower opponents, simply wasn't used to the hand and foot speed of the smaller man. And while James was used to facing bigger punchers, such as Trevor Berbick, Tony Tubbs and Henry Akinwande, the smaller man did far more damage because he was able use his speed advantage and nimble reflexes to position himself to unleash his heavy artillery and land more flush.
At 36-0, 25 KOs, Kell Brook is not short on power nor will he be giving up anywhere near 31 lbs to Gennady Golovkin when they meet September 10. If Gennady Golovkin isn't careful, he's quite capable of getting beaten by the naturally smaller man as well. As a result, Golovkin must, at all times, keep his defense tight and respect the power Brook possesses.
"Kell might not punch as hard (as Golovkin) but he has got more than enough power to get GGG’s respect, " middleweight Adam Etches (20-1) recently told Sheffield Star.
Those who insist GGG will be able to follow Brook around the ring and tee off at-will without regard to Brook's strength are wrong. As long as Brook isn't terribly hurt, he will be always be a threat, from the opening bell to the final seconds of the 12th Round.
But size STILL matters. The larger man will likely be able to a) adsorb body shorts better due to his added girth and b) take stronger shots to the head because he is used to absorbing punishment upstairs from bigger, stronger men. And more importantly, a larger man may be able use his height and reach as well as his added bulk and strength to more easily maneuver himself into advatageous positions, offensively and defensively.
Golovkin is a heavy favorite, and it certainly makes sense. However, the middleweight champion must be wary of Brook's explosiveness. Welterweight or not, Kell Brook, sans David Lemieux, may be the hardest punching opponent Golovkin will have ever faced in a prizefight.
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