Former world champion ”Sugar” Ray Leonard says he’s leaning in the direction of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to hand Kell Brook his first loss of his 12-year pro career on September 12 when the two fighters square off in their mega-fight on HBO Championship Boxing and Sky Box Office pay-per-view. Leonard points out that Golovkin has incredible power when throwing to the body and he says it gives all his opponents problems.
Leonard says that Brook has done a lot of trash talking lately about GGG, and he wants to see him try and back it up the same way he and Floyd Mayweather Jr. backed up their own trash talking during their careers. Leonard sees Brook having a really big mountain to climb to try and beat Golovkin in this fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.
“Kell Brook doesn’t care about being underdog against Triple G,” said Leonard. “He has special talent, and he wants to show the world. But what he has to really do is backup his words. You can talk trash but you’ve got to back that [expletive] up. Mayweather talked trash. He backed it up. I talked trash. I backed it up. Triple G is power. He throws incredible body shots that brings the hands down and that slows down the hands of a boxer. It’s going to take mental stability and spiritual stability to win. I’m leaning towards Triple G [winning]. The general consensus is Triple G. The book says Triple G. So, Kell, you have to make everyone a liar. You know what? You have to prove us wrong. I did it against [Marvni] Hagler and Tommy Hearns. You’re in for a big day, buddy. Alright, do your stuff,” said Leonard.
It doesn’t really matter if Brook doesn’t care about being an underdog or not. He can be as confident as he wants, but that’s not going to help him in this fight beat Triple G. For Brook to get the positive results that he wants, he needs the perfect strategy to beat Golovkin. That could be something like using a combination of move, holding and punching with power.
Brook will need to spend a good percentage of the fight using his boxing skills if wants to keep from getting taken out quickly in this fight. Golovkin specializes on turning his fights into a drama shows, and he’s quite accustomed to slugging it out with his opponents. Brook is used to that kind of fighting.