An update on the Kell Brook eye injury following his fight with Errol Spence Jr and when the Englishman plans a comeback.
Kell Brook has really been in the wars his past two fights. To put it lightly.
The only two losses on his professional record in fact. To elite level opposition no less – in the form of a middleweight jump up to take on division kingpin Gennady Golovkin, then a return to welterweight to square off against the supremely gifted Errol Spence Jr from the US.
Add to that, in both fights he suffered broken eye sockets. Talk about being unlucky and on the wrong side of things.
Good news appears to be on the way for the Sheffield man however who said today that:
“I spoke to the surgeon and he said that the operation was a big success and simpler than the last one. It took half the time of the first one and there’s very little swelling and it looks great. The last scan I had revealed that the healing has started really well and the bone already looks strong so I expect to make a full recovery and I want to fight again in 2017.”
What weight class he returns at will be the key question though.
For a long time now his team have wanted him to move to super-welterweight (154lbs) after many years of struggling to make welterweight (147lbs).
It could in fact be the perfect move for him at this stage of his career.
Particularly with the current crop at 154lbs worldwide, you’d have to give Brook a solid chance against any of the current champions in fairness whether it be against – Jermell Charlo, Jarrett Hurd or Erislandy Lara.
The WBO and Ring Magazine belts in the weight class are vacant at this time.
In case you missed it here’s a quick recap of Brook’s last fight with American Errol Spence Jr back in May in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield in the UK (hat tip Showtime YouTube):