The dream is set! The Kell Brook dream that is. Eddie Hearn is allowing his top fighter Kell Brook to fight GGG at 160 pounds on the 10th of September at the 02 Arena in London.
Why Did this fight happen?
Hearn grew sick and tired of Eubank Sr holding up the bout for his son Eubank Jr to fight GGG. Hearn gave Eubank Sr a deadline to make the fight. The Eubank’s had several weeks to get their act together, however Eubank Sr was making ridiculous requests, he was trying to run the entire show. So Hearn had an ace in the pack left! How could he bring GGG to the UK & keep the huge pay day for one of his fighters and his company? Well it was simple. Offer Kell Brook the fight. Brook as we all expected, took the fight.
Now despite wishing for Brook to win and shock the world. It’s highly highly unlikely that he wins. Despite both having similar fight night weights, GGG is muscular, he’s built like a truck and as the great Carl Froch said “he hits like a mule” (yes Carl Froch who knocked out George Groves in front of 80 000 at Wembley).
So GGG should win this in rather one sided fashion. However Brook is a smart guy! No one who has fought GGG thus far has been smart at all. Stevens has shown an okay game plan, when he was hurt, he mixed his game plan up a bit. He stayed patient and threw back at the right times hurting GGG at one stage, although not to bad, simply rocking GGG for a moment.
So what does Brook need to do? It’s simple. Do the Hopkins vs Pavlik trick. Fight in spurts. When on the inside hold. Move, throw combinations. Pick the right time. Take a minute off when you can, although realistically against GGG he will be lucky to take a few seconds off. It’s up to Kell & his trainers to come up with a decent game plan, something other opponents of GGG have been able to do.
Who has held GGG? Who has fought defensively? Who has used old style tricks like spitting the mouth guard out to get extra time? The answer is no one has yet. Everyone has been over rawed by the occasion and the beast who is in front of them. If Brook can overcome the emotion, remain calm and fight to a perfect game plan, then who knows. But GGG should win this. For boxing’s sake a Kell Brook win would be beautiful.
Spare a thought for Eddie Hearn. He has a lot riding on this one including his reputation. However the Brook vs Khan bout is always there.