Welcome to Fightful.com's live viewing party of Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook. We'll be bringing you full, round-by-round coverage of this fight as well as quick results of the undercard. Golovkin, one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world, will defend his WBC, IBF Middleweight Championship against Kell Brook, who is making his middleweight debut and is a welterweight world champion. This fight will be broadcasted live on HBO at 5:30 PM ET.
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Here's the main fight card:
Gennady Golovkin defeated Kell Brook to retain the WBC, IBF Middleweight Championship, via TKO, Round 5, 1:52
Lee Haskins defeated Stuart Hall to retain the IBF Bantamweight Championship via unanimous decision (115-113, 117-111, 116-112)
Callum Smith defeated Norbert Nemesapati via TKO, Round 7
John Riel Casimero defeated Charlie Edwards to retain the IBF Flyweight Championship via TKO, Round 10, 1:57
Martin J. Ward defeated Andy Townend to become the new British Super Featherweight Champion, Round 8, 0:54
Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook
Round 1: Golovkin and Brook start off in the middle of the ring trading jabs and hooks. Golovkin quickly establishes control in the center and then he starts off cornering Brook in the corner. Golovkin hits him with a left hook, which wobbles him. Brook is in trouble, but does a great job of holding his own. Brook opens up with a brief flurry. GGG is watching carefully, threatening when Brook is on the ropes and he lands a burst of punches to the head of Golovkin.
Fightful scores round 1 for Golovkin 10-9
Round 2: Golovkin lands a one-two punch to start the round. Brook then follows with jabs and hooks off the jab. Brook tags him with a left hook and manouvres away. Gennady lines up two jabs of his own. Then dangerous punches, an uppercut, a hook whistle past Kell. Golovkin tracks him always, in front of prey. But Brook lands some wicked fast shots, fine straight crosses. The bell calls GGG off and the pro-Brook crowd erupts.
Fightful scores round 2 for Brook 10-9
Round 3: Golovkin starts off aggressively and pressures Brook and Brook falls down, but no knockdown is counted as it was simply Brook losing his footing. Brook is then on the ropes, but he starts punching back. Brook takes a left hook. Kell drives him on to the back foot, he's throwing big hooks. But once more Golovkin comes on and on. A massive right hook hits flush, jabs score and Brook's face is marking up. Brook finishes the round with his mouth hanging open.
Fightful scores round 3 for Golovkin 10-9
Round 4: Brook boxes compactly, starting off with a right to the body to Golovkin before a left uppercut flies up. Kell's right eye is swelling up badly. His crosses lances in. But still Golovkin applies that dreadful pressure. Golovkin is not giving Brook any space to work with. A right from Golovkin hits Brook as he moves off. Again Golovkin's back hand finds its way to Kell's jaw, chopping in hard. Brook is getting through the round, barely.
Fightful scores round 4 for Golovkin 10-9
Round 5: Golovkin blasts in a massive salvo. Kell has to get off the ropes. Instead, he holds his hands out, as if he's asking for more. He switches and lands a lead right hook, a spray of sweat flies off Golovkin's head. Brook is stuck on the ropes, he won't go down and Golovkin keeps hammering away, striking in big shot after big shot. His trainer sees that Brook is in deep, he jumps on to the ring apron, waving a white towel. The referee doesn't see it and Golovkin sustains the attack. The referee catches a glimpse and waves it off. It's over in the fifth.
Official Result: Gennady Golovkin defeated Kell Brook to retain the WBC, IBF Middleweight Championship, via TKO, Round 5, 1:52
This fight had the potential to be something special, especially in the early going. Golovkin dominated after the second round and was visibly angry that Brook did not succumb to GGG's flurry of punches, but at this rate, aside from maybe Canelo Alvarez, there is no one in the middleweight division that can beat Golovkin.
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