Gennady “GGG” Golovkin stops Kel Brook in 5 Rounds

 

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London, England

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.

…And the New IBF Heavyweight Champion is Anthony Joshua.

 

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The O2 Arena, in London, England sold out within 90 seconds, a testament to the hype and drawing power of Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16KOs). Olympic star, Anthony Joshua had much to prove with slogans like the “Next Big Thing” being touted around leading up to his fight with IBF Heavyweight Champion Prince Charles Martin (23-1-1, 21KOs). Joshua, who held 15 fights in his professional career, did not let the moment get to him. He started the 1st round poised looking to land his power right hand over Martin’s straight left. The 2nd round saw Martin trying to press the action to the ever-dangerous Joshua. This proved to be his downfall; Martin was hit with a straight right, which sent him to the canvass. Martin recovered but was sent back to the mat by a stinging counter-right hand. Referee Jean Pierre brought the match to a halt, after Martin couldn’t answer the 10-count at 1:52.