Can Kell Brook Pull Off the Upset?

Carlos Mainor

Today a fight will take place in London, England. This fight has the potential to shake up the pound-for-pound rankings amongst boxing’s elite. 

The middleweight (160lb) champion Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, also known as “Triple G” is probably in the top five of the pound for pound (aka P4P) fighters in the world. 

Such a list varies depending on one’s taste and qualification. What is the criteria to make the pound for pound list you may be wondering? This is also debatable. What I consider to be criteria for making the P4P list is a consistent winner. A fighter who has fought and basically dominated everyone in his division, sometimes even moving up a weight division or two and dominating.

Golovkin, who hails from Kazakhstan, is one of those dominant fighters and deserves to be on that list. With a record of 35-0 and 32KO’s, Golovkin has been in the top five P4P fighters for quite some time but, due to not having a big name opponent, he has not quite been able to make it to the top of that list. Over the past two years there have been rumors and conversations about Triple G and fellow P4P’er Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, jr. middleweight (154lb) king meeting in the ring, but much like so many 21st century fights, they talk, and create hype and draw all types of hypotheticals. Then nothing happens. 

What usually happens when big name fighters from different weight divisions discuss a potential fight they try to agree on a catch weight – or a middle ground where the lighter fighter doesn’t need to gain too much weight and the heavier fighter doesn’t have to lose too much. Apparently the two camps could not agree on a catch weight.

Golovkin will be defending his middleweight titles against current welterweight (147lb) champion Kell Brook. Brook, who hails from England and boasts a record of 36-0 and 25 KO’s, has decided to move up not one, but two divisions to take on a hefty task of dethroning a champion that has, thus far, appeared to be unbreakable. Kell Brook is an England based fighter and is relatively unknown in the United States. However, he boxes extremely well and has a chance to out-point Golovkin for an upset. Brook is a 4-1 underdog and I’ve read as many as 80-1 in some forums. Both fighters weighed in just under the middleweight limit of 160 pounds and it should be a good fight.

The fight will take place in England and will air on HBO at 5:30pm EST. I’m looking forward to watching this matchup. It’s always exciting to see two undefeated fighters meet to determine who will come out on top. We want to hear from you. Who do think will win this fight?

Can Staying in the Sport Too Long Help or Hurt One’s Legacy?

Carlos Mainor

Does fighting past one’s prime help or hurt a fighter’s legacy?
If you were even one of the most casual of boxing fans in the 1990’s to the earlier 2000’s, you probably knew who Roy Jones Jr. was. During that time Jones was considered to be the pound for pound best fighter in the sport. Roy Jones Jr. represented the USA in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Jones advanced to the gold medal round and faced Korea’s Park Si-hun where he was robbed of a gold medal. In my opinion, this fight was one sided and if you have not seen this fight, I highly recommend it. After the olympics jones made the decision to turn pro. With elite boxing skills, blinding hand speed and and power in both hands, Roy Jones quickly rose through the ranks and became one of the best to ever lace them up.

Of course, inevitably so, Father Time has caught up with Jones and at the age of 47, Jones is preparing to lace them up once again this evening in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. As a sports fan and a boxing fan especially, I find myself questioning why Jones is still fighting. We’ve seen it so many times with some of our favorite athletes, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Sugar Ray Leonard and countless others. We can speculate on one’s motivation to continue to stay active in their respective sport. Be it money, fame, addiction to the bright lights and the big show, I guess most of us may never know.

We want to hear from you all! What do you all think? Can staying in the sport too long help or hurt one’s legacy?