Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook: Epic mismatch or pound for pound pairing?
In what is being heralded by many as a pound for pound pairing, and somewhat of a mythical match-up materialized, current IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook will jump up two weight divisions and 13 pounds to take on the "Goliath" of the Middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin, for Triple G's WBC, IBF and IBO 160 pound world titles on Saturday, September 10, in front of a sold out crowd at the O2 Arena in London, England.
And while many great fight fans view the upcoming battle to be an epic and historic event, there are many self-proclaimed "enlightened" observers who view Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook as a colossal mismatch.
Although the tough Briton is largely viewed as GGG's stiffest professional test to date, many die-hard fight fans have likened an improbable Kell Brook upset to that of Buster Douglas' knock-out over Iron Mike Tyson.
Apparently, the flawed analogy reflects the skewed view of many leading into next weekend's big event. But does the seemingly disgruntled fan perception mirror the reality of the upcoming "pound for pound" match-up?
Golovkin vs Brook odds
According to most Race and Sports Books, the current IBF 147 pound champion is listed as a competitive 5 to 1 betting underdog, currently sitting at a respectable (+500) at the time of publication. Leading into the Mike Tyson fight at the Egg Dome in Tokyo, Japan, in February of 1990, James "Buster" Douglas was listed as 42 to 1 betting underdog or (+4200). The odds were so wide leading into the now infamous "Upset in Japan", that most books weren't willing to take any action heading into the perceived mismatch.
Perhaps by reviewing some information leading into "Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook", we can return from fantasy land, enter the realm of reality and hopefully enjoy the fight next Saturday.
Yes, Kell Brook will be moving up 13 pounds to challenge the most feared Middleweight in the world on September 10. And yes, Gennady Golovkin has stopped his last 22 opponents within the distance. So what?
The current IBF world champion is a special talent, combining speed, power, athleticism, ring intelligence and technical proficiency.
The undefeated Welterweight titlist will also have the luxury of competing in front of 20K British supporters, just 160 miles from his hometown of Sheffield, England.
And both men are considered to be pound for pound athletes, currently sitting atop their respective divisions. For all intents and purposes, "Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook" is indeed the "best fighting the best".
Isn't that what the die-hard fight fans have been clamoring for, consistently complaining that the best never seem to fight the other perceived best fighters in boxing?
So what's the problem? Why are so many who proclaim to cherish their beloved boxing absolutely and passionately hate this match-up?
For one reason...because it's not Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Yes, Golovkin vs. Canelo is the best active match-up that could possibly be made in today's boxing landscape. It's a great style pairing, pitting the irresistible force against the immovable object. Both men are explosive punchers who have shown solid mental and physical durability. It's a fight that would most likely live up to it's billing.
Although an upset seems highly unlikely to anyone outside of Brooks immediate team and avid supporters, anything can and often does happen in the "theater of the unexpected" that is prizefighting.
If the often disgruntled die-hard fans of boxing merely put aside their perceived disdain for the sport they supposedly love, just for one day, maybe...just maybe, they might find themselves falling in love with the historic pastime once again.
Don't hate the fight game, guys. Embrace it, with all of it's imperfections, and enjoy next week's splendid, pound for pound event. Who knows? You might just enjoy it.