KELL BROOK was dramatically dethroned of his IBF welterweight title after another eye injury scuppered him during an enthralling 11-round battle against American conqueror Errol Spence Jr at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Brook was forced to pull himself out of the fight after taking a deliberate knee when he couldn't see out of his left eye, having seen a strong advantage over the 27-year-old Spence Jr quickly eradicate during the second half of the bout inside the home of Sheffield United Football Club. From then on, it was all Spence as Brook struggled with the injury.
Brook attempted to beat referee Howard Foster's count, but was clearly in no condition to continue as the fight was waved to an end. I give myself a B minus. This is what true champions do.
"I'm experienced, I've had quite a few fights, I've been in some big fights and I know what it takes to be fighting a world champion, and being at world level". He's a tricky fighter and awkward.
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And so he made it clear who he wants to fight - the guys with the other hardware.
It was the second successive fight the Briton suffered an eye injury and Hearn believes Brook has once again broken a bone around his eye. "I'm gutted, devastated that in front of my own fans I've lost my belt". The eye is broken again.
"There were no doubts coming into the fight", said Spence.
While Brook's career is in the balance, Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) is talking about world title unification fights against rival welterweight champions Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao. Spence looked excellent with a fast jab and extra reach, but Brook matched him with clever movement and counter-punching.
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But there is only so much damage one person can take and it was telling that Brook admitted his decision to drop down on one knee on Saturday was based in part on memories of the punishment he took against Golovkin.
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"Spence isn't overhyped.he's a good fighter", claims the renowned British boxing coach. But Spence responded with a greater volume of punches, including a left and a right flush to the temple in Round 9.
Spence was declared the victor in the 11th round, the referee calling a halt to proceedings after Brook had taken a knee with his vision evidently impaired.
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Brook, proud to the last, had no answer to the Texan's hand speed and vigour. And while it seems unlikely you'll ever see an American promoter eschew the big money of a Vegas casino to bring a fight between two non-U.K. fighters across the pond, there was enough interest in September's Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight that promoter Oscar De La Hoya reportedly considered it.