Gennady Golovkin stops Kell Brook in Round 5
Gennady Golovkin stopped welterweight-turned-middleweight Kell Brook in the fifth round when Brook’s corner threw in the towel Saturday night in London.
Golovkin (36-0, 33 knockouts), who retained his sanctioning-body middleweight titles, had problems with Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) early in the fight – the Englishman clearly won Round 2 – but GGG began to inflict damage in the final round, prompting Brook’s trainer to end the fight.
It was Golovkin’s 23rd consecutive knockout.
Brook’s early success was stunning to those who have followed Golovkin’s career. The fight was competitive. However, Brook faded quickly. He said his right eye was injured, which prevented him from seeing clearly, and implied that that played a role in the decision to stop the fight.
A full report will follow shortly.