Two years ago Kell Brook won a majority decision over Shawn Porter, and took his IBF strap in the process. The performance was dominant and he slipped and countered Porter consistently, something Keith Thurman had trouble doing last month in their FOTY contender. After the Porter fight, Brook was considered by many to be the top welterweight in the world and it was obvious why he was one of the most avoided.
Now, 36-0-0 with 25 KOs, and the IBF world welterweight title in his possession, most people in the boxing community are surprised he accepted a fight against GGG, the middleweight champion. Brook still has a ton of unfinished business at welterweight and Porter is the only top tier opposition he’s faced, in any weight class. Although he’s considered by many to be the most skilled welterweight, he hasn’t proven it against household names.
Brook’s opponents have a combined record of 745-925-63. By comparison, Floyd Mayweather was the IBF world welterweight champion with a record of 36-0-0 with 24 KOs after 36 fights but his opponents had a combined record of 878-169-29. There’s a stark contrast between their level of opposition after 36 wins and to consider Brook’s matchmaking dubious would be an understatement. He’s fought at 154 before but this is his first fight at 160.
Does Brook have a chance against GGG? Here’s what Twitter thinks.