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Teddy Atlas Wonders if Brook Had Injury PRIOR To Golovkin Bout

By Carlos Boogs

Teddy Atlas, veteran trainer and expert analyst for ESPN, is wondering if IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25KOs) had a pre-existing eye injury when stepped in the ring with IBF/WBA/IBO/WBC middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (36-0, 33KOs).

Two weeks ago, Golovkin traveled over to the UK to defend his titles against IBF welterweight champion Brook at the O2 Arena in London.

Brook, who competes at 147, moved up by thirteen pounds to challenge Golovkin at the full middleweight limit of 160-pounds.

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Brook put in a very solid performance and didn't embarrass himself in the fight. The fight was stopped in the fifth round when Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel, as Golovkin was starting to dominate the action.

After the fight, it was revealed that Brook had a fractured right eye socket. Ingle explained that he threw in the towel because Brook had been complaining about the eye for several rounds. 

Before the fight took place, Atlas received a phone call from a well-known Las Vegas bookmaker who detailed some very odd activity with the Golovkin-Brook betting line in Vegas.

"He said 'the strangest move just happened and I've never seen it before in my life.' He said the total, the under/over... the line that they put out on whether it's going go a certain amount of rounds... it was 9 and a half. And in the last couple of minutes it just went down to 7 and a half. He said 'I've never seen a move like that in my life.' The one thing that makes you think is that somebody thought that they had some information that they thought they can act on," Atlas told At The Fights: Monday and Friday 6-8pm EST on SiriusXM Rush 93.

"So then when you see the fight get stopped and some people thought it was stopped quickly. Look, there is no doubt that Golovkin was starting to take over that fight. I agree with that. But still you can make an argument that when Kell Brook got hit with that last punch he put his arms out like 'what are you doing, I'm okay.' He wasn't really greatly affected, although he was starting to be dominated."

"The fight got stopped really quick, but the thing that I found really curious, to be honest, is that almost immediately they said 'oh his eye, his eye.' And then from what I heard, if it's accurate, somebody said in the ring that he had a broken orbital bone. How do you know that your fighter has a broken orbital bone until you get to an x-ray machine? It's impossible to know that."

"So it makes you wonder did they have that injury in camp and then were they prepared because they had that injury to stop the fight as soon as it got perilous.  That would speak for a move in the line, that someone got that information."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by truefan on 09-26-2016

Atlas is right. There is no way to know if the bone is actually broken or badly bruised unless you actually have a doctor tell you that. However, just shows that Triple G can be hit. Defense is not his…

Comment by Red Skull on 09-25-2016

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;17073744]You are just a biased Floyd fan who started this convo off by saying Atlas had a reasonable theory, then changed your view to "to be clear, I don't believe Brook came into the fight injured or less than…

Comment by uniquehump on 09-25-2016

It's almost like he's saying that Team Brook was betting against Brook. What causes the line to change drastically? I'm sure inside information. But that info would easily get to Team GGG and then they would have an advantage. I've…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 09-25-2016

[QUOTE=GGG Gloveking;17073532]Yes, my apologies. I see where I sounded misleading there. I do believe the injury was legit, I meant the scam was in his lack of disclosure. Both Floyd and Manny scammed us all on that fight.[/QUOTE] No worries.…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 09-25-2016

[QUOTE=larryusa;17073496]hey the excuse worked for Manny[/QUOTE] Manny was in a position fighting someone who ducked him for 9 years. That put him in a precarious position the whole time, both from a negotiating standpoint (have to give up everything otherwise…

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