‘GGG’ Forces Fifth-Round Stoppage of Kell Brook

By Mike Sloan Sep 10, 2016
Reigning middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin proved once again that he is arguably the most lethal fighter in the world of boxing. He survived a few early scares in the O2 Arena in London to eventually stop local fighter Kell Brook in the fifth retain his WBC and IBF 160-pound belts, though it wasn’t a typical “GGG” big drama show.

Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) badly rocked Brook with a powerful left hook to the head in the opening frame but when he couldn’t put the Brit away, the tides of the fight were nearly turned in the second. Brook stunned the Kazakhstani powerhouse with an assortment of punches to the head, namely the right uppercut on the inside. But Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) wasn’t able to sustain the attack long enough to keep the relentless Golovkin at bay for good.

Golovkin stuck Brook with stiff jabs and stinging left hooks to the head and body and while Brook, who possess the IBF welterweight title, tried his best to stay afloat, he couldn’t deal with the visiting fighter’s power.

Golovkin turned up the heat in the fifth after it was evident that Brook was bothered by swelling around his right eye. Brook backed into the ropes a few times, which prompted “GGG” to pounce and swarm him. Brook fended off most of the incoming attrition but as the round wore away, a right to the noggin wobbled Brook. When Golovkin trapped his woozy opponent along the ropes again late in the round, he unleashed a hellish flurry to the head and body. Though Brook was able to avoid most of the punches being hurtled his way, trainer Dominic Ingle stood on the ring apron and waved the white towel before finally chucking it into the ring. The official ruling was a TKO 5 for Golovkin, though no time was announced.

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After a bit of confusion, the fight was officially stopped, giving Golovkin his 23rd consecutive knockout win. After the fight, the unbeaten knockout artist said he still wants the mega fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez but his immediate sights are on unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in an effort to unify the titles.


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