Grading GGG’s Performance vs. Kell Brook: It’s in the Eye of the Beholder

Grading GGG – On Saturday, Sept. 10, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin successfully defended his multiple middleweight belts with a fifth round stoppage of brave but out-gunned Kell Brook at London’s O2 Arena. Brook had his moments in a fight contested at a furious pace, but the handwriting was on the wall when Triple-G landed a punch that fractured Brook’s orbital bone in the second frame.

In their post-fight reports, British boxing writers were overwhelmingly awed, writing of Golovkin as if he were invincible. Here’s a sample:

“Fists of steel and a jaw of concrete.” – Sam Dean, The Telegraph

“Not only could he knock holes in brick walls but he takes even the meatiest punches as if he is being brushed with a feather.”  — Jeff Powell, Daily Mail

“His power is extraordinary….but what I think is most daunting about him is his ability to take a punch…Quite simply there is not another man out there right now at 160lbs who can push him – he is that good.” – Simon Crawford, The Sporting Life

“Golovkin’s left hook to the body and then to the head almost ended this early, and the sound of both shots whipping in could be heard over the crowd roars…There might not be anyone great enough to beat Gennady Golovkin at middleweight.” – Chris McKenna, London Express/Daily Star

“He is a national idol (in Kazakhstan), but more than that he is a great boxing role model.” – Steve Bunce, The Independent

On this side of the pond, several boxing scribes were “underwhelmed.” Yahoo boxing writer Kevin Iole, who didn’t attend the fight (perhaps in no mood to travel overseas again so soon after his lengthy stay on assignment in Rio) had this to say: “This wasn’t the vintage ‘Triple G’ that boxing fans have fallen in love with and he certainly appeared nowhere near the best fighter in the world….This, at least temporarily, will put the brakes on the Golovkin hype train. He showed enough vulnerability that it is now no sure thing he runs through the rest of the field at middleweight.”

Brian Mazique, a Chicago-based contributor to Forbes, echoed that opinion: “With Golovkin facing the best pure boxer he’s ever fought, two things were apparent: he was easy to hit and his punches weren’t accurate….No matter how you assess the fight, (Canelo) Alvarez and his camp should be encouraged.”

Both the Iole and the Mazique pieces bore headlines that used the word “lackluster” in describing Golovkin’s performance.

Regardless of where you stand (and I suspect that most of you are more in league with the British scribes), one fact is undeniable. More than eight years have elapsed since a GGG opponent was still standing at the final bell, a span dappled with 23 fights. The ball is now in Canelo’s court.

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-brownsugar :

I'd rather see G vs Jacobs, Jacobs has KO'd 12 straight, a fair number of them decent fighters. Sure ....Jacobs chin is supposedly weak, but nobody has hurt him seriously in those fights... and the man is very good at delivering his offence in a variety of ways, sometimes sneaky. Sometimes with raw speed and leverage. Sometimes its the okey-doke set up (sucker punch) Its a way more interesting fight than Canelo in my opinion. Please make it happen.

-Radam G :

Great copy! The boogie man of the middleweights lost his boogie. He is very lucky to have slowed down "Special K" by breaking the special one's mug light. Otherwise 3g would have had "Big Drama" that he would have been on the wrong side of. Special K was finding him like a hunting dog finds birds for the hunter. In the short time that Special K lasted in the scrap, he exposed 3g as no longer being a monster. Holla!

-SouthPawFlo :

I'm on the "underwhelmed side" I just am not a fan of someone being hit so easily and cleanly.... You great chin shouldn't be part of your "defensively strategy" I'm Not sold he'll be able to take these type of shots if he moves up to 168 or greater.... The Uppercut that Kell Brook landed cleanly would feel a lot different if it was Ward, Stevenson, Jacobs, Kovalev or Chavez.....

-Radam G :

BTW! I'm already on record as I saying that Canelo will probably beat 3g. Now Imma take away the probably. Canelo will beat 3g. Probably by T-K-O cuts. Three g had a cut up on his forehead and bad swollen and bruises in the corner of his left mug light. Canelo and Danny Jacob will POP GOES THE WEASEL on him. I ain't hatin!' The gig is just coming to an end for 3g. He will not be able to handle the uppercuts and hooks of neither Canelo nor Jacob IMHO! One of the major things that I'm saying is that the monster's skin iappears easy to break open now. Holla!

-Radam G :

Superstar Tony Danza is predicting that 3g is going get KTFO before long. Maybe by Danny Jacob. Three has been ordered by the alphabet soups sanctioning crooks that be to dance with the hard-punching New Yorker Danny Jacob next. Holla!

-amayseng :

Jacobs looks sensational lately, except for when Sergio I punch like a bitch Mora, knocked him on his ***. GGG works hard against the speed and agility of Jacobs until landing shots and putting him on queer street and stopping him. Canelo has superior combinations in firepower but has poor as stamina and endurance along with concrete slow feet, GGG takes him into deep water and breaks him down as well. GB knows this and this is why they pushed GGG back near 3 years...

-KO Digest :

Whether he wants to admit it or not, Shawn Porter should be as impressed as anybody with Gennady Golovkin's eye socket crushing performance against welterweight champion Kell Brook. It was Porter who Brook bested in 2014 to wrest away the IBF 147 pound championship. During the fight, Brook slashed away at Porter on the inside, a place where Porter usually does his best work as a bullish pressure fighter. Brook took all that away with finesse, and in the final round, put Porter into a submissive posture by landing precision power punches with less than ten (10) seconds to go. I scored it 117-111 for Brook. As good as Special K is, GGG walked through him like the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet that he still is.