Every so often boxing throws up a wild one, something that fans and the media don't see coming. Today we got a wild one as Eddie Hearn announced that WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32) would be going up against unbeaten IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25) on September 10th at the O2 Arena in London, on sky Box Office.
Thje bout has come as a major surprise as both men were in talks for other bouts, that had suddenly stalled in recent days.
Golovkin was thought to have signed to face a big talking, but relucatant, Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18) after the once beaten Englishman talked the talk and called out Golovkin. It appears that whilst Eubank, and his father, spoke confidently they ended up having cold feet when push came to shove and refused to put pen to paper on their side. Presumably realising that their mouths had written cheques that they were unwilling to sign.
As for Brook their had been long negotiations for him to face WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10) in a unification bout. That bout was thought to be close to an announcement before Brook stalled, with suggestions being he was after more money, Instead it seems he has swept in to take the Golovkin fight in an attempt to prove he's one of the best fighters on the planet.
In many ways Brook has earned a lot of credit after being slated for his recent series of poor bouts, but in other quarters it seems that Eddie Hearn has been frustrated by the collapse of two bouts and has essentially tied the resulting fighters together to make an interesting, though ultimately unexpected, match up.
The fight will be expected to be a mismatch, though the reality is that some fans have already tired with a lot of the fighters in and around the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions. This bout has followed a similar matchup between Amir Khan and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and many fans have been left asking why we couldn't simply have Brook Vs Khan and Golovkin Vs Alvarez, both of which would have been preferable to what we've ended up with. Despite that we have seen fighters now reach for greatness and whether Brook wins or loses his loyal supporters will applaud his bravery for taking on one of the sports most avoided fighters, even if he is ultimately demolished by the Kazakh in September.
Sadly for Eubank Jr, and his father, the egg is well and truly on their face and it does appear that they have had their bluff called and have ran from the Kazakh when he showed a willingness to face Eubank Jr in his own back yard.
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