Let’s be honest, Kell Brook stood no chance against Gennady Golovkin. Brook is a very good fighter who had a 36-0 record coming in, but there were too many factors that were against him from the very beginning.
Kell Brook jumped up two weight divisions in order to challenge Golovkin for his title. Brook has elite-level power for a welterweight, but he had no experience in the middleweight division. He walked into this fight with too many unknowns, which proved to make him a dead man boxing.
The one factor that spelled doom for Brook was that he was fighting Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin has arguably the best power that has ever been present in the middleweight division and that’s not an overstatement. Golovkin has stopped all of his opponents over the last eight years, he dropped Sergey Kovalev while sparring, and he has a 91% KO rating. He is proving to be a one of a kind force.
Brook was feisty and held his own in the early rounds, but Golovkin was just having fun with him. In the fifth round Golovkin attacked Brook with a ferocious barrage of punches that appeared to severely injure Brook’s eye. Brook was pawing at his eye while eating punches, but he was still trying to put up a fight.
Brook’s corner seemed to know that serious damage had been done to their fighter and they threw in the towel. People will question the stoppage, but they shouldn’t. They may have saved Brook years on his career and the vision in his right eye.
I don’t know what Brook’s injury is, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that his orbital bone is broken. Brook is to Golovkin what Khan was to Canelo. He was an undersized challenger that was outgunned the second that this fight was made on paper.
There is only one fight that matters in the middleweight division and that’s Golovkin vs. Canelo. Let’s hope this fight gets made. If it does, I’m putting my money on Golovkin.