World middleweight champ Golovkin stops Brook in 5th round

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 11, 2016 07:22 AM
World middleweight champ Golovkin stops Brook in 5th round
Golovkin improved his record to 36-0 (FILE/ AP Photo).

ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) — World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin fought off the ambitious challenge to his supremacy from Kell Brook with a fifth-round stoppage on Saturday.

Brook's corner threw in the towel after the welterweight champion, who stepped up two weight classes to face Golovkin, faded against the formidable Kazakh, who improved his record to 36-0.

"I'm a warrior," Brook said. "I want to carry on. I was ready to fight on. Anyone who trains with me knows that."

And if the powerful, big-punching Golovkin was expecting Brook to capitulate easily at London's 02 Arena, it didn't go to plan. Instead it was a more open, thrilling contest than anticipated, with Brook posing a sporadic threat despite his eye socket being broken in the second round.

"I respect him. He's good but not so strong," Golovkin said. "I don't feel his power. So many punches and I don't feel."

After Golovkin retained his WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight belts, he targeted a unification fight with Billy Joe Saunders to claim the minor WBO title.

"I'm open for everybody," Golovkin said.

Brook succumbed to the first defeat of his professional career in his 37th fight after being one of the few fighters willing to take on the fearsome Golovkin.

"I expected him to be a bigger puncher," Brook said. "In the second round he broke my eye socket but I was tricking him, I was frustrating him. I was starting to settle into it but when you see three, four, five of them it's difficult.

"I hurt him. When you're in the fight you can see, his legs buckled a little. ... I would fight him again, with a good eye."

Indeed, Brook's trainer, Dominic Ingle, was jeered by the capacity arena crowd after throwing in the towel.

"You can't be fighting a guy like Golovkin when you can't even focus on the guy," promote Eddie Hearn said, referring to Brook's eye injury.

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