Kell Brook vs Gennady Golovkin
When Chris Eubank Jr decided that losing his pen would be preferable to fighting the beastly Golovkin, Kell Brook stepped in for a free hit. Jumping up two weight divisions to middleweight, against a ferocious puncher renowned for re-wiring the senses of opponents in his division, Brook had nothing to lose but his body parts. Reported to be slightly under the weather in the build-up Golovkin was accused of not having been sufficiently tested, and some even thought Brook might have a smidgen of a chance.
Whipping the crowd and Sky Sports commentary team into a frenzy of delight in the early rounds, Kell stood and traded at times. His fast hands garnered moderate success, but the iron chin of the Kazakh king was unbreached. Brook’s victory was only of the moral variety as Golovkin dispensed with the boxing and elected instead to plant his feet and hit the smaller man with thudding power shots. The towel came in during the fifth round to save Brook from further punishment. It later transpired that the Sheffield boxer had suffered a fractured right eye socket.