Carl Frampton rates Gennady Golovkin as one of the most complete fighters he has ever seen.
The recently crowned WBA Super featherweight world champion is hoping fellow British star Kell Brook can spring a surprise at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday, but has warned people not to underestimate Triple G’s talent.
Golovkin (35-0-KO32) is known for his knockouts with 18 of his stoppages coming inside the first three rounds, but Frampton has no doubt there is more to his game than his explosive power.
“People don’t rate his boxing skills and talk about his lack of boxing skills, they say he’s like some sort of robot who just comes forward but this guy was an unbelievable amateur,” he told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.
“He was amateur world champion, he had an incredible record and he can box when he has to. He can fight when he has to, he can punch hard with both hands and his shot selection is incredible.
“He’s very, very durable and he can take a shot, too. He is one of the most complete fighters I have ever seen.
“And if we just want to talk about that power, just watch him as an amateur. He was knocking out people like Lucien Bute. He is just class, brilliant.”
However, Frampton is refusing to write off Brook’s chances, even before he weighed-in 5lbs heavier than Golovkin at his second check-in weight last week.
‘The Jackal’ moved up one weight class to out-point former unbeaten champion Leo Santa Cruz in New York, and believes moving from welterweight to middleweight will work to Brook’s advantage.
“I would love to see Kell Brook do it and I know a lot of people have written him off but he is a big welterweight and he’s probably like me,” he said.
“I grew out of super-bantamweight and he’s probably grown out of welterweight a long time ago, when he’s just been making it because he’s the champion.
“He will be solid light-middle but to step up to face Golovkin at middleweight is dangerous. It is a big ask but he’s got balls and you’ve got to give him credit for it.
“I see a lot of people giving him stick but he deserves credit for taking it on. It would be great if he did it and I hope he gets very, very well paid out of it but it’s hard not looking past Golovkin.
“I hope he can do it and I will be willing him on.”
Source: Sky Sports');