Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10
WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) will defend his titles against Britain's Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London.
The match-up comes as a shock since KO king Golovkin was in negotiations to face Chris Eubank Jr, while IBF welterweight champion Brook looked set for a unification fight with WBO titleholder Jessie Vargas. But the negotiations seemingly stalled.
Instead Brook, 30, will jump two divisions to take on 34-year-old Golovkin, reminiscent of Amir Khan's decision to challenge Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at a catch-weight of 155 pounds in May. Canelo knocked out Khan in the sixth round.
The Kazakh fighter represents a huge step up in opposition for Brook after three easy defences of his world title agaist Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier.
Brook, who won his IBF belt by outpointing Shawn Porter in 2014, has never fought above 147lbs in his career.
Golovkin has made 16 successful world title defences and scored 22 consecutive knockouts.
Golovkin said: "I'm very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another 'big drama show' against Kell Brook."
Brook said: "This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time.
"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 got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can't wait. Everyone knows I'm a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights.
"This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years - you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I'm running to him. I'm a 'Special' fighter and I will show the world on September 10."