Kell Brook has already said he doesn’t want any excuses after he’s shocked the world against middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, as he insists he can do and will do. And “The Special One,” does not in any way want to risk anybody claiming after his upset victory that it came with the assistance of anything illegal. Brook, the IBF welterweight king who rose through the ranks the hard way, from British level to European and then to world level, has always been a clean athlete.
Making the welterweight limit was proving tough for Brook, which was one of the reasons he agreed to take the massive gamble of a fight with the feared puncher known as Triple-G, but Brook continued to put in the honest, hard work so as to make 147. Never has Brook’s name ever been anywhere close to linked to PEDs, not as much as a whisper – and Brook is making sure it stays that way. Happy to be going through a series of tests conducted by VADA, earlier this week Brook underwent his first test. Brook took to his Twitter page to indicate how pleased he is to be proving – not that he needed to – how he is one of the sport’s clean practitioners.
Brook Tweets how there will be further tests, of his blood and of his urine, right up until the fight, set of course for September 10th in London. At a time in boxing when so many top names are seemingly regularly failing post-fight drugs tests, it is both refreshing and reassuring how Brook is volunteering to undergo such strict testing. Brook, by the way, looks to be in great shape already, with a further six or seven weeks of hard training to go until the fight, one of the most anticipated of the year.
Brook has been doing lots of track work, sprints and the like, and he is adding muscle to his frame as he prepares for what he says will be a “war” with his fellow unbeaten fighter. Golovkin is also a clean athlete and he too wants to win the right way – the only way.
Both warriors have plenty of respect for one another; far too much to want to win their upcoming fight by anything approaching an underhanded manner. You can bet money on both men’s post-fight tests coming back negative after this fight has been settled.