WBA World featherweight champion Carl Frampton believes that unbeaten Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has a chance to pull off an upset against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight on HBO and Sky Box Office PPV. Frampton notes that Brook, 30, is a solid junior middleweight at this point in his career after outgrowing the welterweight division, where he currently still holds the International Boxing Federation 147lb title.
Brook has yet to taste defeat before, so he does not have the knowledge in how to lose. All he knows how to do is win. When you don’t know how to lose, then you always find a way to win, which is what Brook intends on doing on Saturday night against Golovkin.
“I would love to see Kell Brook do it and I know a lot of people have written him off but he is a big welterweight and he’s probably like me,” Frampton said to skysports.com. “I grew out of super-bantamweight and he’s probably grown out of welterweight a long time ago, when he’s just been making it because he’s the champion.”
There’s no probably involved with Brook; he definitely has outgrown the welterweight division. He might choose to come back down in weight if he loses to Golovkin on Saturday night, but you have to question how successful he’ll be when he eventually has to fight someone like Errol Spence Jr. or Keith Thurman. Those would be very tough fights for Brook if he’s worn out from making the 147lb limit.
The Golovkin vs. Brook fight will be taking place at the O2 Arena in London, England. Brook will have the boxing fans on his side in this fight due to the fight taking place in the UK. Whether that will give him the positive results that he’s hoping to get is unclear.
“He will be solid light-middle but to step up to face Golovkin at middleweight is dangerous. It is a big ask but he’s got balls and you’ve got to give him credit for it,” said Frampton.
Brook actually will be a solid middleweight, not a solid junior middleweight for this fight. With Brook still holding a five pound weight advantage over Golovkin after weighing in at 167 for the 7-day weigh-in last week, it shows you that Brook is going to be in the 170s on fight night. You don’t see too many junior middleweights weighing over 170s. However, it probably doesn’t matter how heavy Brook is for this fight. Golovkin has the far superior punching power and boxing skills. It’ll be big news if Brook is able to overcome GGG’s advantages in this fight. The most likely results we’ll see from the Golovkin-Brook fight on Saturday night is ‘Triple G’ scoring a knockout by the 5th or 6th round.