By Matt Bevan (@MBevs68)
Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook put on one hell of a spectacle at the O2 Arena, with “GGG” retaining his titles after Brook’s corner quite rightly threw the towel in to save their man from further punishment.
Brook ended up with a fractured eye socket and remains a world champion down at welterweight, where he holds the IBF strap, although I can’t ever see him going back down there. However, in defeat “The Special One’s” reputation has soared.
Rather than shrinking and hoping for the best against Golovkin, Brook met fire-with-fire as he tried to prove the rest of the boxing world wrong and upset GGG. We expected a potential slaughtering from Golovkin, but in Brook he got the brawl he has craved for a while.
Was the Kazakh monster at his best? For me, no. Should the fight have even happened in the first place? No. But, although I was sat there waiting for “GGG” to land the final blows all fight, was it worth it? Yes.
It was always a case of when, not if that Golovkin would win, but Brook enjoyed more success against him than any previous foe has. Brook was superb and those days of waiting for a definitive fight and taking on sub standard opponents are over.
He has to cash in, once his injuries have healed. Strike whilst the iron is hot and move up to light-middle, where he could claim a second world title in a second weight. He has a top promoter in Eddie Hearn, love him or loathe him, who has a track record of securing his fighters world title shots.
With Brook, who claimed he wanted the winner of Liam Smith and Canelo Alvarez’s clash this Saturday, he has a fighter who made the boxing world stand up and applaud last weekend. He must be rubbing his hands together.
People aren’t talking about the Golovkin performance, they’re talking about how good Kell Brook was for the time the fight lasted. However, the main controversy was the stoppage, which shouldn’t be controversial at all.
Dominic Ingle knows Kell Brook better than anybody. Simply put on Saturday, he did his job perfectly. He knew his man was injured and Golovkin was taking over, landing heavy blows with ease, as Brook didn’t put up much defensively.
He saved his man for another day, although referee Marlon Wright did his level best to ignore Ingle waving the towel on the apron. I don’t care how much you paid for a ticket or the PPV, Ingle did the right thing and made sure his fighter’s safety was of paramount importance.
We all want blood and gore from fights and we all enjoy watching a war, but you can’t disagree with that stoppage last Saturday. There are plenty trying to vilify Ingle, but quite frankly if that’s what you’re doing, go and watch another sport as you clearly don’t get boxing.
Ingle may have even gone into the fight with a pre-conceived notion that if Brook was taking too much damage, then he would pull him out. There’s no problem with that because once again the fighter’s safety should always come first. Yes, you are paying to be entertained, but the fighter is the man putting his life on the line, not you who is only damaging your bank balance.
Chris Eubank Jr didn’t help matters on twitter immediately after the fight, proving once again to be a top drawer idiot, claiming his corner doesn’t have towels. Not great from a man who was himself involved in a controversial ending to a fight in March, which saw his opponent in Nick Blackwell forced to retire due to injuries.
Those same critics supporting Eubank Jr and vilifying Ingle are the same ones who were after Gary Lockett’s blood when he hadn’t pulled Blackwell out of the fight. Why the sudden shift or did they not get enough in the aftermath to that clash?
After a fight we should only be talking about the fighters, not the other players, like judges, the referee or the trainers. It should all be about the fighters. However, some have focused in on Ingle and claimed the fight should have gone on, including some top level journalists.
Ingle has never appeared to me to be the sort of man who goes after press, like some other trainers, although he is not afraid to stand up for them when he has to. That is what a trainer should be.
Over time I think the fight will be remembered for the huge heart and balls that Brook showed against “GGG” in what was a great fight to watch. Ingle will rightly fade back into the background, safe in the knowledge that he did his job to perfection.