Kell Brook started to learn how to box when he was 9 years old. His first professional fight was in 2004, but his fighting style was first molded in the Wincobank gym in his industrial birthplace in Sheffield, England.
It was no stranger to boxing, having produced Naseem Hamed, who was one of the hardest punchers in the sport regardless of weight class, retiring with a career record of 36-1.
Kell Brook, nicknamed “The Special One”, was taught how to switch-hit by his trainer Brendan Ingle. Many questioned the soundness of his techniques and how he holds his arms too low. But he has proven to be very successful and unbeaten (36-0), and is now ranked the best Welterweight boxer by The Ring magazine.
No one can question Brook’s dogged determination. He was stabbed in 2007, and hacked with a machete in 2014, where he truly feared for his life, and not being able to walk again.
In fact, Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions have just announced that Gennady Golovkin will be defending his Middleweight titles against Kell Brook at The O2 in London on September 10.
You can say that again.
Kell Brook will be moving up two weight classes to fight the undefeated “GGG” (35-0). In a sport where every pound matters, he will be moving up from 147 lbs. to at least north of 154 lbs.
Experts believe he will be too small for Golovkin, who is a natural Middleweight, and that he’ll be carrying too much weight at once. He’s had problems fighting Jones in the past and has a tendency to tire in the late rounds even at Welterweight.
He will likely be slower, and could have difficulties with stamina carrying all that added poundage.
Golovkin is one of the most avoided fighters in the sport today. He has knocked out 32 out of his 35 opponents. He’s taller, bigger, with a longer reach.
Kell Brook remains unfazed, saying,“When this fight got offered to me, I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights.”
This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a Special fighter and I will show the World on September 10.” He added.
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