Golovkin vs Brook: Tale of the TapeWritten by Leroy Cleveland
On Saturday, unified middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (35-0, 32KOs), currently on a 22 fight KO streak, faces surging, red hot Kell Brook (36-0, 25KOs), the world's top rated welterweight.
Who will win this epic superfight?
Golovkin vs Brook
Saturday, September 10
The O2 Arena
HBO @ 5:30 PM ET
SKY BOX @ 22:30
Some believe Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin's size and power will be too much for Kell Brook's speed and explosiveness while others surmise the smaller man will be big enough and strong enough on fight night to give the middleweight champion a stiff challenge.
Golovkin vs Brook odds
The middleweight champion is the heavy favorite, and it certainly makes sense. However, Golovkin must be wary of Brook's explosiveness.
Prior to September 7, Golovkin was as high as a 12 to 1 favorite. Since then, and as of this post, Golovkin has slipped to a competitive 6 to 1 favorite while Brook is, according to some outlets, a competitive 4 to 1 betting underdog.
Welterweight or not, Kell Brook, sans David Lemieux, may be the hardest punching opponent Golovkin will have ever faced in a prizefight. But at the end of the day, many predict Brook won't be able to handle the bigger man's strength, pressure and punching power.
So how do they stack up?
Golovkin vs Brook Tale of the Tape
Regardless who is heavier at the weigh-in or on fight night, look for Golovkin to be the naturally bigger of the two in the ring. He's also rangier and, at 5'10 1/2," the middleweight will have one inch reach and height advantages.
Both men are unbeaten with high knockout ratios. At 35-0, 32 KOs, Golovkin has the edge in overall quality of competition while Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO) has beaten the best opponent of the two, Shawn Porter.
At 34, Gennady is four years older than Kell. And while they have roughly the same number of pro fights, Golovkin had a very long amateur career. However, given his 350 plus amateur fights, Golovkin may have a bit more wear and tear on his body than some think.
Additional Tale of the Tape Details
- Age: 34
- Record: 35-0, 32 KO
- KO Pct: 91
- Height: 5′ 10½″/179cm
- Reach: 70″/178cm
- Hometown: Kraganda, Kazakhstan
- Professional Rounds: 155
- Professional Debut: May 2006
- Currently on a 22 fight knockout streak
- RING Magazine Pound-for-Pound: No. 3
- RING Magazine Middleweight: No. 1
- Most Impressive Win: TKO 8 David Lemieux, Oct 2015
- Age: 30
- Record: 36-0, 25 KO
- KO Pct: 69
- Height: 5′9″/175cm
- Reach" 69″/175cm
- Hometown: Sheffield, England
- Professional Rounds: 179
- Professional Debut: Sept 2004
- RING Magazine Welterweight: No. 1
- Most Impressive Win: SD 12 Shawn Porter, Aug 2014