The O2 Arena crowd was left stunned, not by a GGG knock out, but rather by a corner stoppage. While the halt to the widely anticipated bout came as a surprise, no one should ever be upset when a trainer takes into account the health of his fighter. Much to the chagrin of the ‘booing’ crowd, that was the case when Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 34KOs) defeated Kel “Special K” Brook (36-1,25KOs) by TKO, in Round 5. In Round 1, GGG stunned Brook with a shot to the liver. However, “Special K” would come make a fierce comeback, in Round 2, by slipping GGG’s punches and landing several combinations; effectively moving GGG backwards. In Round 3, Brook would begin to paw at his right eye after several solid GGG lefts. Brook started Round 4 off strong but began to dwindle under the pressure of GGG. Round 5 saw “GGG” land clean shots to Brook with “Special K” not answering any punches in return. The beating GGG put on Brook forced Kel’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, to stop the bout.
*Post-fight it was revealed; Brook suffered a broken right orbital socket.