It’s that time! Kell Brook makes the leap of two weight classes to face off against Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, and I sense profit. My last two boxing betting predictions came through, and I am expecting the same here.
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GGG has been one of the best middleweight fighters around. Now, he will defend his WBC, IBF and IBO titles against a fighter jumping up in weight class. Prior to this, Golovkin’s last fight finished in a knockout in the second round against Dominic Wade; knocking down the American three times before the referee stopped the fight.
The fighter from Kazakhstan sits 35-0 in the ring, winning 32 through TKO/KO with only three professional fights going to decision. At 34, he has really left his mark on the art of boxing with his ferocious power.
Golovkin will be making his first appearance in London on Saturday, but in his media workout in Convent Garden he looked on point with his training. Furthermore, GGG has fought all over the world from Panama to Madison Square Garden, so I don’t think the venue or crowd will really get under his skin.
Heading into the bout and the Kazakh will take on his third Brit. Beating both Martin Murray and Matthew Macklin in the past. He’s got a solid chin too, and from fights I have seen Brook will need to deliver a lot if he wants to get his legs wobbling.
Kell Brook, meanwhile, is going up into uncharted territory to take on one of the deadliest middleweights in the world. A fight that Brook fans would agree has been a long time coming.
In his original weight class of Welterweight, the Sheffield born boxer held a record of 36-0 with 26 knockouts.
The 30-year-old’s last fight was against Canadian Kevin Bizier who he knocked out in two rounds in Sheffield. Before this, one of Brook’s last five fights ended in a decision which was against Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title.
Brook has fought at the O2 Arena once, that bout ended in a TKO against Frankie Gavin last year. Apart from that, he has fought only twice outside the UK. Some may see that as an advantage, but not me.
The Orthodox style fighter is following in the steps of Amir Khan when he jumped weights to fight Saul Alvarez. Khan went on to lose the bout through KO. Over the last ten weeks Brook has developed more on his power, as shown in the media workout, but now it’s just about whether he can keep up that pace throughout the fight against one of the best middleweights.
Expect a proper fight! Looking forward to this one considering they are both undefeated and, like the Khan fight, Brook has nothing to lose. I just think Golovkin’s power will be too much for Brook and as the contest advances we will see the better of the Kazakh fighter. Overall, this bout may just go into double figures for rounds, or even a decision, but I’m backing Golovkin for the win.
Boxing Betting Recommendation: Over 7.5 rounds @ 2.00 with Bet365
Prices correct at time of writing.