Brook in stable condition after incident, injuries required ‘life-saving surgery’…
Promoter Eddie Hearn has released a photo of IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook recovering in hospital after he was stabbed on Thursday morning.
The 28-year-old was enjoying a night out during his family holiday to Tenerife before he was attacked in the early hours of Thursday.
While initial reports suggested that the recently crowned world champion did not suffer life-threatening injuries, a statement released by his family has revealed the seriousness of the incident.
It read: “Kell Brook got stabbed three times in his leg and once in the arm. He was critical, lost a lot of blood. Had a major operation that saved his life.
“The Brook family want to thank all the staff at Tenerife hospital for their great work. The operation was a success and Kell is awake and starting his recovery from this horrendous attack. We thank you all for your well wishes and support.”
After being in California to witness his fighter defeat Shawn Porter for the IBF strap last month, Hearn flew out to Spain along with Brook’s parents and posted the picture below on Twitter.
Hearn had previously planned for the Sheffield-born fighter to make the first defence of his title on December 6, but it is unclear as to whether or not that will still go ahead depending on the amount of time it takes for Brook to recover ahead of returning to training.
It is hoped that Brook firstly makes a speedy and full recovery, as British fight fans will also be desperate to see him return to the ring next year where he is expected to face domestic rival Amir Khan in a huge fight which Hearn has suggested could be staged at Wembley.
Nevertheless, the Brook camp will only be concerned with his health at this stage, and it is likely that talks for that fight will be put on hold for the time being.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) September 5, 2014