Brook inspired by Tyson ahead of GGG fight

Kell Brook will take inspiration from former heavyweight king Mike Tyson when he faces fearsome middleweight Gennady Golovkin.

Brook, the reigning IBF welterweight champion, will step up two weight classes to face fellow undefeated and WBA 'Super', IBF and WBC middleweight champion Golovkin at The O2 on September 10.

Many think Brook is biting off way more than he can chew by facing the Kazakh knockout specialist, but the 30-year-old points to Mike Tyson, who was able to dominate the heavyweight division against much bigger boxers.

"People go on about weights, but Mike Tyson wasn't the biggest heavyweight and he was fighting people three or four stone heavier," Brook told the press on Monday.

"He was an animal. You are going to see the best of me, I am at a natural weight at 160 and watch me perform September 10."

He added: "I want to go down in history like my heroes, like Sugar Ray Robinson. They have done massive things and, in the modern day, that's exactly what I want to do. 

"I want to be involved in the top fights and beat the top fighters, and GGG is certainly the top fighter out there at the moment."

Brook is confident he will be as quick as ever, despite the added weight, and is banking on his increased punching power causing Golovkin problems.


"When we stand next to each other there will be no difference, I am bringing the speed to the middleweight division and we are already bringing in big numbers from the power," he said.

"I am ready for this fight and this is what I want to do in this game, to be the best you have to beat the best.

"It doesn't get any bigger than GGG, I will be so sharp and alive that night on September 10. No one has got the best out of me in all my opponents that I have been in with and I want to test myself to the highest I can be in this sport.

"I know on September 10, we are going to see the best in me and I am excited to see what I can do. We know what I can do in the gym, I always seem to do enough, I always find a way to win and it's going to be the same on September 10."

Golovkin, meanwhile, said that while he respected Brook, he was not intimidated by anything he had to say.

"I'm not scared. This is business. I understand my situation and my position. It is business and I respect sport. I respect boxing. I am ready.

"I am very excited. I am very happy to be here in London. Right now, I can give the UK fans an amazing event.

"I believe this is the biggest fight for us because I see Kell [and] I respect him. I respect his team, he has a very good and very strong team.

"I understand this is not easy, this is true. It is very serious business for us. I am ready 100 per cent for September 10.

"I believe I will bring an amazing show, like a drama show. This is the biggest test for me because Kell is a true champion. It's the biggest test for me, absolutely."