Gennady Golovkin is not taking Kell Brook for granted.
The middleweight may be the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, but he is not overlooking the Sheffield welterweight, who is going up two divisions to face him, on September 10.
Los-Angeles-based Golovkin, who was born in Kazakhstan, said he was looking forward to fighting in London for the first time. He said: “I have respect for Kell Brook. Kell is a great champion who is coming to the middleweight division. It will be very interesting and a big test.”
Undefeated Golovkin who has stopped 32 of 35 opponents, accepts he has not been severely tested by quality opponents so far, predicting Brook and other bigger fights are ahead of him.
“I am very excited about going to London. The UK is a beautiful country and London is an impressive city. Hopefully I will give the fans there a big, exciting and dramatic show. I am ready to fight anyone.”
Sky TV’s head of boxing, Adam Smith, who has worked previously to match Amir Khan with Brook, said of the Golovkin fight: “It’s the kind of an astonishing twist that can only happen in our sport” he said Smith.
“Britain’s longest reigning unbeaten fighter and world welterweight champion Kell Brook moves up to challenge Gennady Golovkin who brings his world middleweight titles to our shores. With 71 wins between them, 57 by KO and no defeats, it’s a huge opportunity for Sheffield’s ‘Special One’.