BROOK WANTS TO EMULATE SUGAR RAY
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.