If Kell Brook manages to beat the world’s number one middleweight Gennady Golovkin next Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, it will undoubtedly be the biggest win of his often frustrating career.
Based on comments he made recently however, Brook likely views that as a pretty modest assessment.
Speaking about the prospect of an upset victory over the marauding Kazakh puncher, ‘Special K’ dramatically claimed that it would not only be the most significant of his career but also the biggest ever by a British boxer.
“I don’t think anyone in Britain has done what I’m going to do,” said Brook (via ESPN).
“I don’t think it has been done before. Randy Turpin is the only one but because I’m going up from welterweight to fight the most feared fighter on the planet it’s even bigger than that. It’s debatable but that’s my opinion.“
The Turpin victory to which Brook refers is of course his 1951 middleweight title win over ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson, the man widely considered to be the greatest pound for pound fighter in boxing history. Turpin became only the second man to beat Robinson in 133 fights and the first man to do so in some eight years, when he outpointed the American over 15 rounds at Earls Court in London.
Golovkin has looked devastating over the last number of years, compiling a glistening 35-0 record with 32 stoppage victories but he has yet to prove himself against a level of opposition in anyway comparable to what Robinson faced in the 40’s and 50’s.
Even if one is to remove Turpin’s extraordinary achievement from the equation many boxing historians and fans of Alan Minter, Lloyd Honeyghan, Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton and indeed Tyson Fury would argue vociferously against Brook’s statement.
Brook sounded convinced however, even saying that a win over ‘GGG’ would allow him to surpass another product of his renowned Sheffield gym.
“Whatever Naz [Hamed] has done or any other British fighter recently, it will blow it out the water,” Brook said.
“I don’t think my feet would ever touch the floor again, to achieve such a thing. It’s something that I could tell my grandkids over and over again and not get bored of it.
“For me, it’s everything. The legends of British boxing are people like Hatton, Lennox [Lewis], [Nigel] Benn, [Chris] Eubank, [Joe] Calzaghe and it would put me with all those greats and I would be top of the pile.”