In the aftermath of the Golovkin-Brook fight, many around the sport are trying to make sense of what they saw over the weekend. Yes, Gennady Golovkin stopped Kell Brook as was expected, but Brook also had a few moments himself where he tagged Golovkin in a manner that we haven't seen before. It certainly wasn't Golovkin's best performance by any stretch of the imagination, but are people reading too much into that fight? At least one notable trainer doesn't think so. Derrick James, the trainer of rising star Errol Spence Jr., tells RingTV that he believes Brook exposed Golovkin over the weekend.
"Errol would knock both of them out!"
"He spars with heavyweights and cruiserweights every day and these guys don't have a lot of great skills. Their reaction time is too slow. You can see what Brook is thinking. If it were Errol, you wouldn't know what he was going to throw next because, he's thinking so fast, all you see is the punches coming, not his thought process before he throws the punch."
Golovkin has proven to be a monstrous puncher, breaking Brook's face early in the fight, while Brook has proven that he is a highly talented and capable boxer himself, giving Gennady a little bit of a licking in the process. But neither of those things made much of an impression on James, whose fighter remains the mandatory challenger for Brook's IBF welterweight title.
And reading between the lines and bravado, it seems like James would have no problem putting his own welterweight in against the fearsome Golovkin - but would he actually do so if an offer were on the table?
"I have talk to (Spence) about it and I believe he will beat (Golovkin) with skill, power and speed but it's up to him to actually take the fight because he knows himself so I will let him make his own calls. I will ask him when I see him next."
What do you think, fans? Golovkin-Spence? It would seem to me that Spence still has some business to take care of at 147 before even thinking about challenging Golovkin, but hey, what do I know...