Kell Brook put in a courageous performance against Gennady Golovkin at the O2 arena on Saturday night, but in the end, he could not match the formidable power of the WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight champion.
Brook's trainer threw in the towel after Golovkin rained down an eternal barrage of shots in the fifth round and with the challenger already suffering from a suspected broken eye socket, his corner had no choice.
Brook's best moments came in the second round when he relentlessly drove at GGG in response to a first-round stagger.
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Although Special K tried to be positive for the whole fight, it is fair to say that Golovkin was the worthy, almost comfortable winner in the end. His class is just that profound.
However, Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn clearly saw things a little differently.
“The fans want people to step up and fight the best," Hearn started.
“He [Brook] was ahead on the scorecards. His eye socket has gone and he is seeing two or three of them.
“I think Kell deserves a huge amount of respect. He showed Golovkin is human, he could hit him, gave him great angles. He damaged him.
“Golovkin is a strong man, but that fight should have gone into deep waters.”
Sure, Brook probably won the second round. But to suggest he was head and shoulders above Golovkin for any others is a stretch at best.
However, the Brit certainly made it an entertaining fight with his desire to throw punches and trouble Golovkin; there is no shame in succumbing to the unbeaten middleweight champion who just registered his 23rd straight knockout.
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