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The official scorecards for GGG-Brook were pretty tight when the fight was stopped

Kell Brook was ahead on one card, and level on the other two, after the first four rounds.
Sep 12th 2016, 7:49 PM 10,200 17

MIDDLEWEIGHT KING GENNADY Golovkin left London with his unbeaten record intact and his world titles in tow after stopping Kell Brook in a bruising five rounds.

But the official scorecards showed little separating the fighters at the time Saturday’s blockbuster in the O2 Arena was stopped.

Brook’s corner threw in the towel in the fifth round as Golovkin rained punches on the Sheffield native, who was also struggling with a broken eye socket.

One ringside judge, Benoit Roussel, had Brook leading 39-37 after four rounds while the other two, Craig Metcalfe and Guido Cavalleri, had it level at 38-38.

Promoter Eddie Hearn posted a photo of the official cards to Twitter on Monday:

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How you spin the scores is a matter of preference. Technically, none of the three judges had Golovkin in the lead at the time the fight was stopped — but had Brook survived until the bell in the fifth, a round which GGG clearly won, the Kazakh would surely have been in front on two of the three cards.

And by that point Golovkin was on top and clearly in control, his relentless pressure rendering the judges’ scores academic as he took his record to a perfect 36-0.

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