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Who said what ahead of Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook on Saturday

ESPN rounds-up all the best and most memorable quotes ahead of the highly anticipated Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook fight on Saturday.

Gennady Golovkin

On fighting in the United Kingdom:

"I like the UK fans. People in the UK understand boxing. There's a lot of history and tradition.

"Every time I told [promoter] Tom Loeffler, 'Please, give me a chance to fight in the UK'. I have a couple of fights, with Martin Murray, with Matthew Macklin, [but] I want to fight here, in the UK.

"I've had fights in Kazakhstan, in Germany, in Panama. This is the boxing world. The UK is huge for me. There are some great champions from the UK.

"It's like Mexico. There are true fans. I can't just stay in Kazakhstan. I can't stay in the United States. I want to fight all over the world. I want big fights.

On fighting Kell Brook:

"Kell is a champion and I respect him. I saw a couple of his fights. He has different speed, different movement and different timing. It's not easy.

"Yes, it's a different size for us, I'm a little bit bigger, but right now I can't say he's an easy fight for me because he's a very good fighter."

Kell Brook

On stepping up two weight divisions:

"I feel strong; I feel like I've never felt before. I'm going to be a monster, and surprise everybody.

"I'm not scared of him. I've had so many things that have happened to me, like being stabbed [two years ago] and thinking I might not fight again, so this for me -- fighting Golovkin -- is sport and I don't fear him.

"I've heard about his power but he's going to have to show me what he's about.

"I know Martin Murray went 11 rounds with him and he's a very tough man. It might come down to the skill, and who wants it the most. It might come down to the sweet science of the game."

On the media build-up and hype:

"Everyone has got their own opinion but I hope the British public gets behind me but a lot of fight fans love Golovkin and some will be there just to support him,"

"Whether they are paying to watch me win or lose, I still get paid."

Promoter Eddie Hearn

On offering Brook the bout:

"I spoke to Kell that night and said, 'Would you be interested in Golovkin?' And he was like, 'I'll fight Golovkin!' I said, 'You serious?' Kell said, 'Yes, get me the contract.'

"I've promoted Kell for five years. I was happy to give him the title shot and the money and no hassle."

British boxer Martin Murray

On his 2014 fight with GGG:

"Everyone knows that Golovkin can punch, but I was surprised by his variety.

"He opened me up like no one had ever done before and it takes someone very special to do that and he did it through his variety of shots.

"I just didn't know where a lot of the shots were coming from and I didn't even see the first shot that put me down.

On Golovkin-Brook:

"The only way to beat Golovkin is to try and push him back and come forward. Even so, I don't think there is anyone out there at middleweight who can do that.

"Kell needs to bring something different to the table and despite his distance, range and timing being world class, I can't see him winning."

ESPN columnist Nigel Collins

On Kell Brook's underdog status:

"Fans on the western side of the Atlantic Ocean have done little but ridicule the match from the get-go.

"They are cock-sure the boxer who calls himself 'The Special One' isn't anywhere near special enough to beat Golovkin.

"His destiny is preordained. He's going to be victim No. 36. No doubt about it.

"But don't expect Brook's ring walk to be accompanied by that old Tom Waits song, 'Whistling Past the Graveyard.'

"The 30-year-old fighter from Sheffield sounded supremely confident fight week and told the media that he 'felt like a monster.' Let's just hope he wasn't talking about the Cookie Monster."

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