Written By Wilmar Patino
This past Saturday we learned that Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) didn’t have the power or ability to take the heavy shots from IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) in their fight on HBO World Championship Boxing, and Sky Sports pay-per-view. As a result Kell Brook suffered an eye injury in the early rounds while putting on a courageous and admirable effort. Kell Brook had spots of success where he seemed to land combinations and frustrate Gennady Golovkin, but it all came to a sudden end when corner man Dan Inglewood threw in the towel during the 5th round as Golovkin was landing some hard shots on Kell Brook furthering the damage to his eye.
This past Monday Kell brook had surgery on his eye due to a broken orbital bone. No word as of yet on the surgery being successful. Assuming it was, Kell Brook has stated that he will most likely come back to campaign at the 154 lb division. I believe with his performance this past weekend, he has gained the respect of many Boxing fans and experts. He was a big welterweight to begin with, and has put on too much weight and muscle to get back to 147. So the logical move is to go up to 154, or in this case move down to 154 (from 160) and take on some interesting challenges there. With Kell Brook’s skill and experience I think it is safe to say that the 154lb division would suit Kell Brook best in this time of his career.
There are a lot of good fights for Kell Brook down the line at 154. The biggest of them all would be a fight with Saul Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1 33 KO’s) if Canelo gets past Liam Smith (23-0-1 13 KO’s) this Saturday night. According to Eddie Hearn, HBO has shown a lot of interest in making that fight (Canelo vs Brook) for next year. That remains to be seen, but as I’ve stated before there are a lot of good fights for Kell Brook in that division. You have the Charlol brothers, Erislandy Lara, Demetrius Andrade, among others. It would be interesting to see how well Kell Brook will perform at 154, and whether he can become champion in a new weight class. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Kell Brook as we await word on his recovery.