Kell Brook lost the second fight of his pro career and his world title to Errol Spence Jr last year but it’s only now he’s speaking openly about what it did to him.

Brook was removed from the public eye for quite some time after the loss and unlike the fight at middleweight against Gennady Golovkin that he was expected to lose in, the Spence defeat in front of his Sheffield home town fans hit him like a tonne of bricks.

Speaking to The Guardian, Brook said:

“I noticed after Spence the phone wasn’t ringing. All the hangers-on had vanished. When you win everything is great but when you’re losing nobody wants to know you – except for the people who really love you. I was going out, drinking a lot. When I was drinking I was thinking I was having a good time but it came back twice as bad, the depression. It was just a vicious circle – drinking, not caring about myself – and it gave me a bad low.”

Brook is now scheduled to return to the ring on March. Back in his home town again.

This time at the Sheffield Arena against Siarhei Rabchanka on Mach 3rd. The fight will also be at 154lbs.

A weight long called for by Brook’s team for him to move to after years of trying to sweat down to welterweight.