The world middleweight champion in the WBA (Super), IBO, WBC and IBF, Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin have agreed to fight Kell Brook September 10 at London’s O2 arena.
Golovkin and promoter Eddie Hearn announced the news in a tweet.
For 34-year-old Golovkin, also known as GGG, this fight will be the 36th of his career. In the previous 35 matches, he scored 35 wins (32 by knockout). Thirty-year-old Brooke remains undefeated too, with 25 of his 36 wins secured by knockouthHe fights in the welterweight (147 pounds or 66.7 kilograms) and holds the IBF championship belt.
“It is hard to say [what it will show ], Brooke in a dual with the master of the ring Golovkin. I believe that Gennady will win, without meeting any particular difficulties,” said Kazakh Olympic boxing champion Serik Sapiev.
“Kell is the only one who finally came out against Golovkin. We tried to arrange a fight with Carl Froch (former super middleweight title holder). We were associated with Billy Joe Saunders on the unification bout. We said we were ready to go to England and he (Saunders) would have received the biggest purse in his career but he declined. Then we negotiated with Chris Eubank, and now we have Kell Brook,” said GGG’s promoter Tom Loeffler.
In turn, Brook said he was not afraid of Golovkin and quickly accepted an offer from the team of the Kazakh boxer.
“You get fighters who say they want to fight the best but they don’t step up to the plate,” he said. “Eddie Hearn [promoter] put this fight to me on Thursday and I said yes straight away.”
“Everyone is running away from GGG – I’m running towards him.
“I want these big fights and like Sugar Ray Robinson did, I’m jumping up to middleweight to become a two weight world champion,” Brooke is quoted by The Star.