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Kell Brook's task to beat Gennady Golovkin isn't impossible, says Johnny Nelson
Last Updated: 10/07/16 7:49am
Johnny Nelson knows exactly what fellow Sheffielder Kell Brook is capable of, and believes he can upset the odds against Gennady Golovkin...
It's another Amir Khan-Canelo Alvarez shocker, isn't it? Kell, an unbeaten welterweight world champion, wants to risk it all like Khan did.
People said Kell hadn't fought anybody then, boom, he's fighting one of the most ferocious punchers out there. He's stepped up two weights to do it.
Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the 'hunted' mentality rather than the 'hunter' mentality.
Like I said with Khan, this isn't an impossible task. He has to stick to a game-plan. Kell is, without a doubt, the better technical fighter, Golovkin is clearly the bigger puncher. It's a hard slog for Kell but it's a possibility.
Kell is very strong at middleweight, people don't realise that, and that's why he's so successful at welterweight. Probably, this will be a gradual progression for him to step up the weights because he could do that pretty easily.
Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the 'hunted' mentality rather than the 'hunter' mentality. Therefore, I expect to see something outstanding from Kell.
Without a doubt he has more to gain than to lose. Kell will still have his IBF welterweight title. He loses his undefeated record if he does lose but what could he gain? Go back in history and look at fighters that have stepped up these weight divisions - Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. Kell can punch, Kell can box, Kell can move, Kell is hungry. Anybody that fights Kell will tell you his punches are like a stun gun.
If you compare this to Khan-Canelo, nobody thought Khan would have the punching power to hurt Canelo - he had speed and boxing ability. I believe Kell has the punching power, the speed and the boxing ability.
The people around Kell know he needs somebody that will set him on fire and give him a fear factor. Kell jumped at the opportunity.
If Kell pulls this off, he will be rated pound-for-pound among the best because he will have pulled off a feat that nobody else has done.
Kell Brook will challenge WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10 at London's 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.