Gennady Golovkin to defend belts against Kell Brook on September 10

Promoter Eddie Hearn said on Friday that the team of Chris Eubank Jr. made it impossible to finalize a fight against WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, opening the door for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to step in against GGG on September 10th in London.

Chris Eubank Jr has let rip at Gennady Golovkin 's decision to fight Kell Brook over him describing it as a "joke". The fight announcement came out of nowhere and shocked the boxing world, but it's a welcome surprise to see two talented fighters come to an agreement to meet in the ring.

Following the path of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who was widely criticized last May for fighting welterweight import Amir Khan, Golovkin will step into the ring against United Kingdom native Brook with a huge advantage in power and size.

Brook, as he will be fighting above the welterweight limit, will retain his IBF title in that division, win or lose.

Chris Eubank Junior has not signed a deal to fight GGG, as was expected - with Eubank calling GGG out for some time and Golovkin even signing to take the fight - and now Brook gets the mega-fight himself.

'We've tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we've got the best of the best - the No 1 fighter in the world is coming to the UK.

"When this fight was offered I accepted in a minute".

"On fight night I don't think there'll be a huge difference in weight, yes we'll be giving away size but I think Brook carries power through the weights".

Gennady Golovkin to defend belts against Kell Brook on September 10
Gennady Golovkin to defend belts against Kell Brook on September 10

"I'm a 'Special" fighter and I will show the world on September 10'.

Golovkin (35-0, with 32 KO wins) has stopped his last 22 opponents, including Brook's compatriots Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray on his rise to the top of the middleweight rankings.

Golovkin-Brook will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office.

"We look forward to working with Eddie and the Matchroom Boxing team on this huge worldwide fight on September 10".

"We were negotiating the Eubank fight for a long time, as you can imagine that was extremely hard, we got close", he told Boxing News.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Brook and Eubank Jr, said: "I can not tell you how excited I am for this mega fight".

Eubank Jr was furious when the news was revealed that Brook had got the fight. This created a situation where the Golovkin and Brook camps were both becoming frustrated by their perspective opponents' hesitation to make a match - thus bringing the two of them together in rather unexpected fashion.

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  • Lawrence Cooper