Middleweight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin defended his title at the O2 Arena in London Saturday night. On what was deemed to be one of the biggest fights of the year turned out to be a slugfest that favored the Kazakh. Golovkin beat Kell Brook with a fifth round technical knockout (TKO).
During the match, Brook started the first round utilizing his speed early on but as soon as Golovkin got him onto the ropes, Brook could not hide on his face the power of Golovkin’s punches.
According to BBC, 30-year old Brook who is the reigning IBF welterweight champion, skipped two divisions to challenge the Kazakh. The Englishman did everything he could by throwing plenty of shots but Golovkin’s defense tired him out.
Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, could not bear to watch as Golovkin rained down brutal shots on Brook, so he decided to threw in the towel in the middle of the fifth round.
“I’m devastated. I thought he’d be a bigger puncher. I was just settling into the fight. I think he broke my eye socket and I was seeing three or four of them,” Brook said.
“I am a warrior and I wanted to carry on. You would have to kill me to take me out. I was starting to get into it, but we knew how hard the first few rounds were going to be. So you will have to talk to my coach to understand that.”
The win extends Golovkin’s knockout streak to 23 fights and remains unbeaten in his professional career with 36 wins (36-0, 33 KOs), according to Fox Sports. This is also Brook’s first defeat in his 37th fight.
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