Paul Smith believes Kell Brook (36-0) has a real challenge ahead of him, as he prepares to face Gennady Golovkin (35-0) come Saturday.
Due to the fact that Kell Brook had to move up from welterweight to middleweight for the bout, Smith does not see the brit holding his own against the natural middleweight Kazakh, who he described as a destroyer.
Brook weighed in at 167.8lbs compared to Golovkin’s 162.9lbs in the final WBC check-weigh on Friday before the official weigh-in.
Smith likes Brook a lot as a fighter, but he doesn’t know if he can handle the big punches from the natural middleweight boxer.
“He’s [Brook] certainly got the style and ability to trouble him. It is a fascinating fight in the fact that it is the weight differential between them both. If it was Golovkin moving up two weights to fight Brook then it would certainly be a very close fight but the way that Brook is moving up, he’s a naturally big lad anyway, he was always too big for welterweight.
“The fact that he is moving up to middleweight to challenge someone like Golovkin, who is absolutely frightening, feared, avoided and probably the most dangerous fighter in the world, probably out of him and [Sergey] Kovalev at the minute, so it is a massive ask for Kell Brook.”
Smith refused to write Brook off completely but again pointed to the punching power of Golovkin as critical and questioned whether the Sheffield man will be able to handle that strength over 12 rounds.
“Kell Brook has got the tools – has he got the size, the endurance and the durability to take what Gennady Golovkin is going to be giving him on Saturday night? It is a massive ask and everyone will be behind him but I don’t think you’ll be able to prepare for Golovkin and then just get in there and probably realise it is a different game when you are in there with him,” he said.