Kell Brook’s former trainer believes a victory over Gennady Golovkin would represent the best ever win for a British boxer.
Dave Coldwell admits the choice of middleweight opponent for the Sheffield welter was a “bolt out of the blue” - Brook had been training towards a unification duel with American Jessie Vargas.
And he’s delighted that Brook, who has often cut a frustrated figure awaiting a big fight over the last two years, has such a golden opportunity ahead of him, at the O2 Arena in London on September 10.
“You just never know where you are in boxing” said Coldwell.
“One minute it’s all doom and gloom, people are slating you for not landing the big fights and then boom - you are fighting the most destructive fighter on the planet!
“Kell Brook jumped up TWO divisions to wrap up a deal in a matter of hours, that a fully-fledged middleweight [a reference to Chris Eubank Jr] who proclaims to be the best thing since sliced bread had weeks to finalise.
“You have to give him huge respect for this, he’s a world champion already, doesn’t have to take such a risk but he has.
“When I used to train Kell a few years back, I always said he’d be a better fighter at light-middle. He was so much stronger, faster, sharper and punched so much harder at around 11 stone 3 pounds, back then.
“He seemed to lose some of that as he headed towards the welter limit though (10 stone 11lbs.)
“Now he’s older I imagine that optimum weight for him could have increased a few pounds which will help him as he moves beyond the light middles and into the middleweight division.
“Mentally he has the fighting spirit and fortitude for a hard battle. Something he could well need in this fight depending on if he can take GGG’s punches if he lands clean.”
Coldwell accepts that while Brook has the ability and skill set to cause GGG problems, the Ecclesall father of two will be the underdog in this fight,
“Golovkin is a fearsome puncher but is so much more than that. His range, timing, ring generalship are fantastic and he also has a great work rate for a puncher.
“Add to that I don’t think I’ve seen Golovkin hurt!
“If Kell can use his jab, punch hard enough to get GGG’s respect then he is in this fight because he has skills and you never know, Golovkin may take him lightly because he is just ‘a little welterweight.’
“This is everything Kell has dreamed of, a mega-fight where the whole world takes notice.
“Financially it sets his family up for life, profile goes through the roof and unless he gets wiped out in a couple rounds it doesn’t hurt his career moving forward.
“Now if he was to pull off a win then he goes right to the top with probably the best win for a British fighter ever and he really does shake the boxing world.”
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn believes Brook would have been favourite if the bout was set at light middleweight.
The South Yorkshireman (36-0, 25KOs) will move up 13 pounds in mass, to take on the top man at 160-pounds.
“I think if it was [taking place] at light middle, I honestly would make Kell Brook the favorite” said Hearn.
“I think he has a great chance. I think he has a wonderful jab. I think he’s going to hit so hard at that weight. I think he’s going to hold a shot [better] because he’s not going to be depleted. People don’t see what Kell Brook goes through to make 147-pounds,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“And he is so excited to have a full camp to where he can fuel himself properly. And you’ll see what you get on September the 10th. This is going to be a war. Kell Brook is a quality fighter. Gennady Golovkin has never boxed an elite level fighter - and now he is, so let’s see.”