Somebody needs to tell Kell Brook to drop back down to welterweight now that he’s finally fought GGG. That was supposed to be the original plan after a one-time middleweight match, but it seems that the spotlight could be addicting to the British boxer, as he contemplates a Canelo Alvarez next fight.
Kell Brook has shown us that his speed could pose a problem to his bigger Kazakh opponent. He has had his share of the highlight reel in their middleweight bout, and it’s fun to watch for aesthetic purposes. But Gennady Golovkin was never really in serious trouble after all that.
It may have exposed a tad of his defensive flaws, which may serve well for his future opponents like Andre Ward or Canelo Alvarez, but Kell Brook was never really deep into the match. At least not in terms of realistically upending the Kazakh Thunder.
According to a report by ESPN, Kell Brook said, “I’d love that fight with Canelo. I just want to be in those big fights. I had a taste with the Golovkin fight and the attention around it is exciting for a fighter to be in.”
“I think 154lbs would be more my weight class. I need to get back training and see if I could make 147lbs healthily — that’s also a possibility because I’m a world champion at 147lbs.”
For his health’s sake, he needs to go back to 147lbs. Would he be stubborn enough to make a Canelo Alvarez next fight materialize?
Meanwhile, the Mexican prizefighter may be running out of reasons not to fight Gennady Golovkin.
According to the LA Times Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo’s promoter had already made a $10 million offer plus a certain PPV percentage to make the match happen. But hubris seems to be standing in their way, as both fighters compete to be on the A-side of the negotiations.
That, based on a GGG counter offer via Tom Loeffler, who said, “A flat fee for a fight is usually given to a fighter or contender who’s clearly the ‘B’ side. My offer back to [Golden Boy] was based on a percentage, just like we saw in the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao agreement.”
In case the negotiations fail again, they are simultaneously negotiating for a match with Daniel Jacobs.
Do we see Kell Brook extending his stay at middleweight for a Canelo Alvarez next fight, at least before Canelo vs GGG? Is it hard for him to see his best interests past his fractured right eye socket?
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