BROOK WANTS TO EM­U­LATE SUGAR RAY

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Bri­tain’s Kell Brook aims to em­u­late Sugar Ray Leonard when he chal­lenges mid­dleweight king Gen­nady Golovkin at Lon­don’s O2 on Satur­day. Brook, the IBF wel­ter­weight cham­pion, is jump­ing two weight di­vi­sions to take on un­beaten knock­out artist Golovkin. Wel­ter­weight great Leonard came out of re­tire­ment in 1987 to beat world mid­dleweight cham­pion Marvin Ha­gler. “I want to do what Leonard did with Ha­gler- use my speed, my foot­work and box the per­fect fight,” said Brook. “I do fear him. Of course I do. I know he’s a big puncher and that no­body wants to fight him for a rea­son. But the fear is pos­i­tive be­cause it’s go­ing to make me su­per-sharp with cat-like re­ac­tions. Brook, 30, is un­beaten in 36 pro­fes­sional con­tests and has made three de­fences of the IBF wel­ter­weight belt he won from Amer­i­can Shawn Porter in 2014.

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