How Brexit Paved The Way For Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum details how Brexit led to the Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook being secured.
The announcement of the middleweight world title bout took us all for surprise, on two different accounts. Firstly, it was reported that GGG was in talks with the Eubanks for a potential clash while Brook was finalising a fight with fellow world champion Jesse Vargas.
Though Arum has claimed UK's decision to leave Europe paved the way for Golovkin vs. Brook. Speaking to Fight Hype;
"You have to understand what happened. [Matchroom] made an offer to us [for Brook-Vargas], which we accepted, and we indeed had Vargas sign the contract...And then they had a political situation in England where because they opted to to leave the EU, the British pound went into the toilet. And so they were paying us in US dollars, and the fight became almost 20% more expensive and Eddie [Hearn] was having a hard time making out numbers so that he wouldn't lose his shirt.
The 84-year-old also claims that coupled with Eubank Jr. getting cold feet was what made the fight, continuing to add;
"And then at the same time he was trying to make Eubank and Golovkin, and Eubank was acting a little squirrely, so when Brook said 'look I'll take the fight against Golovkin' Eddie's problems were solved and he went in that direction. So I don't fault him for what he did, I think if I had to estimate the situation I would say that Kell Brook has a big set of balls to go in with Golovkin but hey, it's Kell that's gonna take the punches, not me."
The pair will tangle on September 10th at the O2 Arena in London, England.