While the boxing world expected a deal to be struck between Chris Eubank Jr and Gennady Golovkin, the Kazakhstani unified middleweight title holder threw a curve ball this weekend when he announced he’d be fighting Eubank’s compatriot, Kell Brook.
GGG boasts the greatest knockout percentage in middleweight history (91 per cent), while Sheffield-born Brook will be jumping two weight divisions when the pair meet in September.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn, terms were ‘virtually agreed’ between Eubank Jr, who beat Tom Doran back in June after the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round, and GGG – who is unbeaten in 35 bouts.
But in a surprise twist, seemingly out of nowhere, it’s Brook that ended up agreeing terms with Triple G.
Though the trio were involved in a war of words over the weekend, the rest of social media have made their predictions on the upcoming fight.
Unsurprisingly, Kell Brook was pretty excited when the news broke.
— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) July 9, 2016
His opponent seemed both thankful to Brook and eager to impress when making his followers aware of the news.
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) July 9, 2016
Eubank Jr didn’t seem too thrilled.
I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced. I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke #2Small
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 8, 2016
Meanwhile, former WBC Jr. Middleweight Champion Sergio Mora had some advice for Brook, who goes into this fight with just one defeat in 36 bouts.
Brook better bring a stone & a sling in the ring. #GGGBrook
— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) July 9, 2016
Though Amir Khan seemed excited about the fight, Brook wouldn’t have been his first choice to face Triple G.
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 8, 2016
However, coach Shane McGuigan disagreed with Khan’s opinion…
— Shane McGuigan (@McGuigans_Gym) July 9, 2016
Unfortunately for Jay, our traders won’t offer a market for Brook ‘gettin snooooozed’ in September…
— Jay Welsh (@jay_welsh13) July 8, 2016
Strong words from the Hayemaker…
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) July 8, 2016
Eubank Jr. still wasn’t finished…
@SpecialKBrook good luck. Im coming for the winner.
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 9, 2016
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