One question that lingers over the results of the September 10 fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Kell “Special K” Brook is why the fight was suddenly stopped so fast in the 5th round by Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle. If you look at the 5th round on replay, Brook did not look hurt by any of Golovkin’s punches.
Yeah, Brook was starting to get dominated by Golovkin in the 5th round, but he wasn’t hurt. Why then did Ingle throw in the towel when Brook was still fighting back and looking unhurt? Some boxing fans believe that Brook came into the fight with Golovkin was a preexisting injury to his right eye. There was talk after the fight that Brook had a broken right orbital bone, which is impossible to detect without an x-ray or a MRI.
The way the fight was stopped suddenly in the 5th when Brook started to get the worst of it all of a sudden, it has some boxing fans thinking that Brook came to the fight with the injury, and as soon as he started taking punishment, his trainer Ingle bailed him out.
To be sure, Brook got a big payday in the fight against Golovkin. If Brook did have an injury during training camp, especially a really bad one a broken right eye socket, it would have put the fight at risk of being canceled due to the long period of time that it would take for Brook to come back from the injury. Golovkin wouldn’t sit and wait for six months for Brook’s eye injury to heal before facing him. Golovkin wouldn’t do that, because he wants to keep his boxing career moving in a straight line rather than hurting it by waiting for an injured fighter to come back.
It’s understandable why some fans think that Brook came into the Golovkin fight with an injury, because it was just weird the way that his trainer Ingle suddenly threw in the towel in the 5th round when Brook started to get worked over by Golovkin. When fans see results like that, they wonder why a trainer would throw in the towel, especially if their fighter isn’t looking wobbly.
Brook did not look hurt. He wasn’t staggering. He just looked like he was bothered by a body punch and the pressure from Golovkin. Brook wasn’t throwing punches any longer, but it shouldn’t have been stopped. Ingle couldn’t have known know that Brook had a broken right eye socket.