Gennady Golovkin finds the size of Kell Brook interesting ahead of their September 10 fight, a bout he is treating as the biggest of his career.
The Briton agreed to move up from welterweight to middleweight and weighed a shocking 176lbs at the one-month check-weight. And he still weighed more than 167lbs, with less than one week to the fight.
WBA Super, WBC and IBF world champion Golovkin (35-0-KO32) has been keeping tabs on Brook’s preparation with interest and revealed that his own training regime has been adjusted by his trainer, Abel Sanchez.
The 34-year-old Kazakh told Sky Sports: “He came in a month before the fight at 176lbs and then 167lbs. My weight has been 165 or 163 but he’s huge. He looks good. He looks strong and big. It’s interesting. It’s very serious and it’s a huge fight.
“My first question to my coach was about [Brook having] different speed but he said no – just different size, different power and different timing. I thought ‘Wow’. It’s interesting.
“He’s my biggest fight and my biggest challenge. It’s my biggest step. UK fans are huge and crazy. I like the atmosphere.
“I feel great. I feel it’s time to fight. I have two or three days and then I’ll be feeling ready, 100 per cent. I have to thank my coach, Abel Sanchez, who brought a new strategy for this. It feels great. I feel different and I feel good.
“I have a different plan and a more serious plan. Kell is a great fighter and I respect him. He’s an undefeated champion from the UK with a great record. I understand it’s not an easy fight for us so I’m more serious and more focused.”