GGG vs Brook prediction: Lennox Lewis makes shocking decreeWritten by Leroy Cleveland
On Saturday, unified middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (35-0, 32KOs), currently on a 22 fight KO streak, faces surging, red hot Kell Brook (36-0, 25KOs), the world's top rated welterweight.
Golovkin is a heavy favorite, and it certainly makes sense. However, the middleweight champion must be wary of Brook's explosiveness.
Welterweight or not, Kell Brook, sans David Lemieux, may be the hardest punching opponent Golovkin will have ever faced in a prizefight. But at the end of the day, many predict Brook won't be able to handle the bigger man's strength, pressure and punching power.
Enter Lennox Lewis.
A fight legend who, like Brook, hails from Britain, Lewis mainstains a strong interest in Saturday's fight but would have rather seen another Brit face the menacing middleweight champion.
“If you’d asked me about Golovkin-Eubank, I would have probably gone for Eubank," Lewis recently told Mirror UK.
Chris Eubank, Jr (23-1, 18 KO) ? The same fighter who lost to Billy Joe Saunders in 2014?
He's been on a roll since the Saunders fight but would Lennox really pick him to defeat the polished and poised yet highly-destructive middleweight champion?
“I like his intensity in the sense that I know he wants it, and the way he works in the gym is good, I like what he’s doing right now. I’m pretty hung up on him," Lewis added.
Perhaps GGG will face Eubank next?
In the meantime, what does the former heavyweight champ think about Brook's chances against Golovkin?
“With Brook it’s two divisions and I don’t agree with that. I look at the Amir Khan situation with Saul Alvarez and I'm like, ‘Nobody, does that, that’s why we have different weight classes’."
“Floyd Mayweather says he’s the best ever. Okay, let him come up and fight me. That would be jumping way up."
“When you try to jump two weight classes, very few people can do that and I don’t think Kell Brook is one of them.”
Ouch! Tough words from a tough man.
In defense of Lewis, boxing history tells us a great big man usually beats a great smaller man who is moving up 12 pounds or more. Of course, that's not always the case.
- Light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks moved up two divisions to fight- and defeat - long reigning unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes.
- Former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins bounced over the super middleweight division to face top level light heavyweight Antonio Tarver.
- And what about Roy Jones, then the light heavyweight champion, bolting to heavyweight to defeat John Ruiz?
But even if Brook were a natural middleweight, he'd still have his hands full on September 10 so perhaps Lennox Lewis took that into consideration when making his prediction.
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