News | Oct 11 2016

Keith Thurman: ‘Facing GGG could play out as a horrible decision for Brook’

WBA champion, Keith Thurman, shares his thoughts on fellow welterweight belt holder Kell Brook and the future of the IBF title

KEITH Thurman is not afraid to speak his mind. The undefeated welterweight champion recently shared his thoughts on Kell Brook’s decision to face Gennady Golovkin, and the future of the 147 pound division in a recent interview with Premier Boxing Champions.

“Brook is one of the best athletes in his weight class,” said Thurman. “But he’d never moved around with 15 extra pounds for 12 rounds. I wanted to get in his head like, ‘Why are you doing this? You haven’t faced a 147-pounder like myself yet, and you haven’t even faced a 154-pounder like Canelo [Alvarez], and you’re going to go in there with Triple G?’”

The Sheffield native was lauded for his decision to face one of the most avoided men in the sport in Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. And he didn’t just show up. He gave Golovkin one of the toughest fights of his career. That is, until his right orbital bone was shattered by a “GGG” punch. He was eventually systematically broken down until his trainer, Dominic Ingle, was forced to throw in the towel.