Joshua challenges Golovkin to step up weights

Anthony Joshua says he would like to see Gennady Golovkin replicate Kell Brook by stepping up two weight divisions.

Brook moved from welterweight to middleweight to challenge Golovkin, but could not deal with the Kazakh’s power and was eventually stopped in the fifth round.

IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua, however, has been full of praise for his fellow Brit, and questions whether Golovkin could prove a success if following Brook’s lead.

“Kell Brook is talented – he’s been boxing for years, he boxed well, and Triple G gained his respect by stalking him round the ring and managing to get the stoppage,” he told Sky Sports.

“Kell gained a lot of respect because he took all the risks, in my opinion, and Triple G handled business as he should have done as a middleweight

“It would be interesting to see how Triple G does if he moves up two weights because that’s what Kell Brook has done.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Kell for what he did and a lot of respect for Triple G for coming into the lion’s den and putting on a show. I take my hat off to both of them.”

Joshua also defended the decision of Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, to thrown the towel in, with x-rays later confirming the fighter had suffered a broken eye socket.

“If anything happened to Kell, he’d have made a bad decision. If he throws in the towel he made a bad decision, so he’s got to do what is right for himself, not worry about people’s opinions,” he added.

“He did what was right for Kell. He was protecting him and he lives to fight another day.”