Golovkin vs Brook weigh-in: Kell bigger than GGG? (Video)
It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
On Friday's customary pre-fight weigh-in, reigning Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin scaled in at approximately 159 pounds, but looked somewhat drawn and emaciated. The current IBF Welterweight champ and Saturday night's title challenger, Kell Brook, seemed to be in very good spirits, as he weighed in at 159.5 lbs.
Despite being billed as the "smaller" fighter, Special K appeared to be the bigger and healthier of the two undefeated champions.
Brook's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, noticed GGG's unusual appearance and seemed genuinely surprised at the defending champ's image.
"I don't think Triple G looks 100% to be honest," Hearn stated to FightHype.com. "Everyone says he looks gaunt, but I just don't think he looked that great. I don't know if it changes the result of Saturday night's fight, but it's quite nice to look into his eyes and think he doesn't look so great."
Although the 30 year old challenger is no spring chicken, GGG will enter the ring with admittedly more mileage on his odometer at age 34. Hearn believes all of the wear and tear Golovkin has experienced over a very successful amateur and professional career may finally be catching up to him.
"Look, sometimes when you've had 350 amateur fights and 35 professional fights, it can suddenly unravel. Maybe I'm clutching at straws, but I didn't look at him and think he looked sensational. I looked at Kell and thought he looked great."
Despite looking like a machine during Friday's weigh in ceremony, the ambitious and talented promoter understands that success at the elite level is all about making the most of these rare, big fight opportunities.
"It's about executing at that moment" stated Eddie Hearn while smiling from ear to ear. "The great ones produce at that moment, and the good ones will sometimes fall short. That's the beautiful thing about this sport. It's all about who's better. It's about who can perform on this level when it's necessary. The great ones can find a way to come through with the win even when things aren't going well."
"We'll find out who's great is on Saturday night."
Golovkin vs. Brook will be broadcast in the U.S. on HBO "World Championship Boxing", with a special live start time of 5:30PM ET, while the Sky Sports presentation in the U.K. will begin at 6PM BST.