Kell Brook outweighs Golovkin
If Kell Brook was trying to make a point that he won’t be the smaller man when he faces Gennady Golovkin on Sept. 10, he’s made quite a statement with the WBC’s preliminary weigh-ins.
Brook, a welterweight titleholder, out-weighed Golovkin by five pounds, 167.8 to 162.9 on Friday in the WBC’s mandatory weigh-in exercise, just eight days before the two square off at London’s 02 Arena on HBO for Glolovkin’s middleweight titles. Brook (36-0, 25 knockouts) did the honors at the Wincobank Gym in Sheffield by the British Boxing Board of Control, Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) at his Big Bear training facility in California.
The weight disparity is significant because most observers are giving Brook little chance to dethrone Golovkin as he rises two weight divisions. But Brook has shown he has no problem packing on the pounds for this bout. He weighed a whopping 176 pounds during the 30-day weigh-in exercise on Aug. 11 while Golovkin came in at a more modest 165 pounds.
Now, the question remains if Brook will be able to carry the weight as easily as he’s been able to increase in size. If a recent photo posted by Brook promoter Eddie Hearn of a chiseled Brook is any indication, fans will see a stronger, more durable version of the welterweight champion. Brook has always been regarded as a large welterweight. Perhaps he’s shown by these weigh-ins he can make himself into a big middleweight as well.