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Judges had Golovkin-Brook fight even at time of stoppage

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For four rounds, judges saw Kell Brook even or slightly ahead of Gennady Golovkin.

Boxing at O2 Arena Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Gennady Golovkin stopped Kell Brook in the fifth round on Saturday, and ultimately that’s what will be remembered, but the ringside judges did have it an even fight when Dominic Ingle threw in the towel to save his fighter, something that apparently is a source of tremendous pride, and can at least be chalked up as a moral victory.

Here are the cards, as tweeted out by Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn:

Brook (36-1, 25 KO) led on one card (39-37), and the other two were even at 38-38. Brook being given the fourth round on two of three cards is a bit puzzling, but doesn’t so much matter at this point. Golovkin physically overwhelmed him, busted his eye socket, and got him out of there.

We had the fight 39-37 for Golovkin at the time of stoppage, giving Brook the second round, which he did rather clearly win, and rightfully took on all three of these cards.

How did you have the fight scored when it was stopped?