Golovkin KOs Brook in 5; Towel Stops the Action

By Marc Livitz on September 10, 2016
Golovkin KOs Brook in 5; Towel Stops the Action
"Kell is a great fighter," said Golovkin, "but he's not a middleweight." (Action Images)

“My goal is all the belts in the division, so I’d like to fight (WBO champion) Billy Joe Saunders. That’s the last belt so I can have them all…”

Kell Brook showed tremendous heart, yet it was his trainer who made the call to stop his quest to unseat middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in round five in front of a raucous crowd at the O2 Arena in London, England. The contest appeared to be somewhere near a 50/50 endeavor, depending on who is asked. In any case, IBF champion Kell put forth great effort as he tried to join the ranks in boxing history of those who attempted to jump from welterweight to middleweight.

After attempting to start quick, Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) tagged Brook with a well placed, left handed body shot that left the Briton in a brief bit of trouble. Kell tied up Gennady and answered shortly thereafter with a right uppercut. Brook popped the jab as the second commenced. Golovkin seemed content to wait for the right time to strike back as the intense London crowd howled with delight anytime their man connected or appeared to do so. Kell caught his Kazakh opponent with a left hook counter as he moved in and landed another left uppercut. Gennady answered with an overhand right which was then replied to with a nice combination by “Special K.” So far, we had a good one on our hands. Golovkin had a slight bit of reddening on the left side of his face. The bout appeared to be tied 1-1 after two.

Gennady applied the pressure out of the gate to begin the third. He threw more lefts to the body as he tried to pressure the British champion either into a corner or into the ropes. Kell answered with a clean right to the face that was just a bit short of full power. As the fourth was underway, Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) was showing a noticeable mouse under his right eye. As before, “GGG” looked to push his foe to the ropes, after which Kell connected yet again with a counter right hand. Gennady was carefully shooting towards the body before moving back to the jab in the ring’s center. He found some success as Brook continued to frustrate as confuse the unbeaten knockout artist.

Perhaps it was an angry Golovkin who charged out of his corner in the opening seconds of the fifth. He unloaded on Brook, mostly to the face and chin, who then threw his hands out in a questioning gesture. Just past the midway point of the period, “GGG” was landing body shots at will before connecting with successive, unanswered head shots. With just over a minute to spare, Brook’s trainer, Dominick Ingel threw the white towel into the ring to halt the contest. Gennady Golovkin scored his twenty third consecutive knockout as much of the crowd booed in disappointment at the decision to stop the bout.

“Kell is a great fighter, but he’s not a middleweight,” the victorious Golovkin said afterwards. “I brought a street fight and it was “game over.” I think I lost the first or second round, but I thought I would win after a few rounds. He touched me, but I didn’t feel anything.”

Some had observed Golovkin at the weigh-in yesterday and speculated that he was sick, to which he replied, “No, it’s not true. I’m fine. I wasn’t smiling, but this is serious business. I rate my effort tonight about a three. This was more like sparring.”

In regard to his future, Golovkin skipped the suggestion of a showdown with Canelo Alvarez. “My goal is all the belts in the division, so I’d like to fight (WBO champion) Billy Joe Saunders. That’s the last belt so I can have them all.”

Kell Brook spoke of his defeat to Golovkin and what took place in his corner after the first round. “I told them my (right) eye was gone,” he said. “I stood there and was starting to settle in and I believe I would have taken over later on in the fight. As the fight went on, I thought, “He’s just a man like me. He’s a warrior and I don’t want to take anything away from him, but my eye was out.

“A fight of this magnitude should have carried on. Dominick Ingel has known me since I was nine years old. Let the fight go on. Knock me out.”

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  1. Koolz 02:37pm, 09/14/2016

    Yea if there is one thing that GGG vs Brook fight showed, is Khan would be destroyed if he fought Brook.  I would be a TKO with Khan getting busted up.

    GGG going up in weight would fight the top World Champions there at super middle weight and then come back down to 160 if he hadn’t unified the Belts yet.

    His fight would be in the UK with Degale.  The UK is so huge for boxing now it’s just exploding!  Seems to be getting bigger ever year!

    Saunders at the Stadium of Light with GGG is a huge huge Fight!

    I think he made a promise to his Family(His father being his biggest fan)that he would unify the middle weight division.

  2. Pete The Sneak 05:19am, 09/14/2016

    “fast hands don’t compensate for a glass chin.” Great analogy of Khan’s career in a nutshell…Nicely said…Peace.

  3. theboyrob 10:32pm, 09/13/2016


    If we see GGG the boxer next time out God help the rest of ‘em! Two thoughts:
    1) GGG to unify the division by beating Billy Joe Saunders and then moving up (but to what weight?) and
    2) Brook should come back down to lightweight and end Amir Khan’s career: fast hands don’t compensate for a glass chin.

  4. Koolz 04:29pm, 09/13/2016

    you are correct.  But I think Canelo will stay at 154 for a while.  I don’t think Golovkin will be on his Radar.
    Next time GGG fights you will see the boxer.

  5. theboyrob 01:53pm, 09/13/2016

    Koolz-Englishman without an irony bypass here. Brook too small to worry GGG but smart enough to make him think; Canelo theoretically big enough to worry GGG but definitely NOT smart enough to make him think and/or win.

  6. Koolz 05:15am, 09/13/2016

    After the Brook Street fight.

    Froch “I would have KO’d GGG”

    Spence’s Trainer “Spence would KO Brook and GGG”

    Eubank JR “I am coming for you GGG”

    Saunders “Let’s fight GGG, you name place and time I will be there”

    Jacobs “I am ready for GGG right now!”

    Degale “I will beat GGG”

    Rosado “It’s obvious why GGG avoided Andre War”

    Boxing commentators in the UK “Brook exposed GGG”

    The internet(land of morons) ” GGG has no defense, no head movement”


  7. Koolz 01:03pm, 09/12/2016


    Really great picture of GGG and….

  8. Koolz 10:39am, 09/12/2016

    Eric, Irish, I shall only post this reality once:  rense . com /

    Back to boxing

  9. Gtrmon 07:00am, 09/12/2016

    I thought GGG won every minute of every round. My favorite bit was when Brook landed a seemingly huge uppercut. Golovkin never took his eyes off him, wasn’t shook at all. Best chin in the business, best fighter of the last ten years. The announcing was incredibly annoying and off base, intentionally wrong. Boxing has been better with the sound off since Howard Cosell.

  10. Eric 10:42pm, 09/11/2016

    Irish… I think these two guys said it best. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln And the much more recent, ” We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within.” Nikita Khrushchev. I know that Honest Abe is long gone and the alleged, “Cold War” is over, but those two quotes are still very relative today.

  11. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:02pm, 09/11/2016

    Eric-Giving medicine to dead people! You nailed it! These ghouls are the Walking Dead and they’re everywhere, they even show up on Boxing.com from time to time. These are the creatures that gave the keys to the White House and the nuclear code to a community organizer named Barack Hussein Obama seven very, very short years after September 11, 2001 and never doubt that they would have put him there even if his name was Mohammed Atta. Here’s a newsflash for you….if US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was black you can bet the farm that this genius with the top secret 2.0 GPA would have moved Heaven and Earth to get help to Benghazi.

  12. Eric 08:21pm, 09/11/2016

    Irish…. I hear ya. Hard to believe people will vote for $hillary. She now appears to be not only mentally ill, but physically ill as well. But unfortunately we are dealing with tens of millions of brainwashed zombies. Telling the truth to these tards is like giving medicine to dead people. This race will go down to the wire. I gotz Trump For Prez!!

  13. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:56pm, 09/11/2016

    “Every time he tells another lie his poll numbers go up. His poll numbers are 55% and this is after he told two hundred more lies. You would think he’s in an asylum. You would never know he’s the head of a country. You would think he was talking to people who are in strait jackets.” (Jackie Mason)

  14. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:46pm, 09/11/2016

    “She said about three hundred twelve times I can’t recall. Now did you want somebody in the job of president who has no memory or can’t recall and can’t recall anything anybody asks her? What if she gets elected and can’t recall that she got the job? What if she gets the job and doesn’t remember which country? ” (Jackie Mason)

  15. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:38pm, 09/11/2016

    “Well, the way she lies all the time every time she talks she can’t seem to talk without lying. So if she says she has a letter from a doctor the chances are the letter is from a plumber.” (Jackie Mason)

  16. Koolz 02:15pm, 09/11/2016

    Get in the ring with GGG there is a 92 percent chance of being Knocked out.  You might also get your face busted, ribs busted.  But damn the pay is good!

    Yea GGG shattered the eye socket of Brook he will need plate to be surgically added to his face as there is no bone there under the eye.
    Might have busted his nose too.

    Remember Golovkin gave his performance a 3 out of 10.  Man British crowd are rather uncool.  To much booing.
    Sky news commentators are hilarious have they never watched a GGG fight.  Wait till Sanders fights GGG that will be a totally different fight then the one with Brook.
    Keep the train roll’n!

  17. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:04pm, 09/11/2016

    GGG was going for the KO just as Jacobs was the other night but there is a big difference between Brook and Mora, especially at this point in Sergio’s career. Brook has an impressive skill set and was full of piss and vinegar. He was buoyed up by that big goose egg in his loss column and that giddy crowd that really believed something big was going to happen, thanks to horse shit pronouncements by Hearn and Froch, who’s still talking shit by the way along with Macklin for Christ’s sake!

  18. joseph vona 01:10pm, 09/11/2016

    As a boxing fan I was looking forward to last night’s Brook vs.GGG fight, and of course Chocolito and Cuadras, which I will watch tonight.. Neither one was PPV which made me very happy. Did GGG break Kells eye socket?
    Since late July when Brook stepped up and signed the contract I became anxious. I have watched GGG fight live in Carson when he destroyed “what’s his name”, in 2. I read all the boxing comments where so many haters repeated the “GGG ain’t fought nobody” line so often I began to question what I saw everytime GGG stepped into the ring. Was he fighting in a weak division? Is he a talent or not? I think he is a talent. Of his opposition they are the real deal.  I believe Monroe or Stevens would have beat Brook, maybe Lemieux would too. The MW division can be questioned but GGG isn’t a ? mark any more. He just does the exact same thing to every opponent. He’s a machine. I thought Brook could have comtinued but to what end.. Where to now. Well Jacobs is saying he’ll fight GGG in December, That was before last night.. Send the man a contract. Let’s see what he does with it.

  19. Eric 01:09pm, 09/11/2016

    Watch the Youtube vid of Joe Frazier on the Dick Cavett Show after his loss to Foreman. No excuses at all. Joe was a CLASS ACT. Nowadays it seems like everyone always has an excuse. Sheesh, we all lose at some point and time. Don’t make them like Mr. Frazier anymore. RIP Smoke.

  20. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:11am, 09/11/2016

    Far and away the best excuse ever for getting your ass whipped….on the order of “I stubbed my toe”, as if an outside force like GGG had nothing to do with it…..“I broke my eye socket.” (Kell Brook).

  21. Eric 08:45am, 09/11/2016

    Without a doubt, Golovkin has to be one of the most dominant athletes in the history of sports. Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, Wilt The Stilt, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Phelps, welcome Mr. Golovkin. And it is refreshing to see such a talented athlete that carries himself so well outside of field, diamond, court or boxing ring. “Our” sports media should be promoting the hell out of this guy even though he is a foreigner, but of course he doesn’t receive much attention outside of the boxing press. Hmmmm, wonder why?

  22. Koolz 05:07am, 09/11/2016

    “A fight of this magnitude should have carried on. Dominick Ingel has known me since I was nine years old. Let the fight go on. Knock me out.”

    This is an incredibly stupid thing to say.  Broken eye socket with even more damage can have lasting effects.  Maybe you don’t understand how serious an injury that is.  Your bones on the outside of your eye are shattered.  They require surgery to fix.  The recovery times is very long and your career, well that eye is vulnerable now.

    Ingel was really smart throwing in the towel.  I don’t think GGG tried to even box in this fight at all. 
    The fight was an invitation for fighters to think they can beat GGG now.  Unfortunately when they get in the ring there going to find out that he is a different beast.

    Instead let’s talk about Gonzalez damn that was fight of the year material!
    Really amazing to watch!!!!!!!!

  23. Koolz 05:45pm, 09/10/2016

    ok here is something interesting.  It looks like Brook is out boxing GGG in rounds two and three….But GGG out landed Brook through the whole fight.
    All five rounds. 
    The Stats show the GGG beat Brook up.

  24. Koolz 05:36pm, 09/10/2016

    Damn broken Eye socket.  That’s nasty.  If people don’t like the towel being thrown in, here is what would have happened. 
    If some how Brook survived round five it would have been a ref stopping the fight in round six.
    When the eyes socket is broken the eye swells shut and the side of the head swells up.  They are pretty horrible looking injuries.
    I can’t see Froch making it to round 12 with GGG.  In a GGG vs Froch fight
    GGG would fight really fight smart.
    This Brook fight was just as he said a street fight.  Very entertaining five rounds!
    After this fight folks Brook in the hospital.

  25. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:33pm, 09/10/2016

    Good move on the stoppage by the corner, health wise, career wise, and every which wise because the excuses are coming fast and furious already. It won’t be long before it will be like the fight never even happened.

  26. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:02pm, 09/10/2016

    GGG’s punches flow and he hits every bit as hard as Kovalev, so Kell with his great background and abilities still experienced a real culture shock here. Would much rather see GGG in with Froch…. never thought I would ever say that because I used to like Carl. I for one didn’t appreciate it when he talked shit about Joe Calzaghe and I like it even less now when he disparages Golovkin. GGG would do some final touch ups on Carl’s nose and get it right back to where it was, and IMO it was just fine, before that pussy ass rhinoplasty.

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