Brook expected to face domestic rival Amir Khan next summer…
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed his relief that Kell Brook’s boxing career is safe but he has ruled out the possibility of a return to the ring in 2014.
The 28-year-old was stabbed in the leg on holiday in Tenerife earlier this month, but after an anxious wait on news, fight fans breathed a sigh of relief as it was announced that Brook was in a stable condition after surgery.
Brook was crowned the new IBF welterweight champion just weeks earlier after defeating Shawn Porter in California, and with talk of a title defence on December 6 before a showdown with domestic rival Amir Khan, it appeared that things were looking up for the Sheffield-born fighter.
However, it is now unlikely that he will return to the ring until next year, and Hearn has hinted at the possibility that his next fight could well be the clash with Khan.
“The wound looked so bad that I was worried his career would be over,” Hearn said, reports the Daily Mail.
“But the doctors say the stab wound missed every major artery and he will make a complete recovery. He has been very, very lucky.
“He had been due to be in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather fight before starting his training camp for December 6 in the US.
“But the plan now is just get him back to full health.”
It is undoubtedly a setback for Brook after finally securing a world title, but he will relieved that the injuries he sustained were not serious enough to put his future in the sport in jeopardy.
It remains to be seen whether or not he is handed a ‘keep busy’ fight before he takes the clash with Khan, but British boxing fans will certainly be looking forward to another potentially huge night at Wembley, with Hearn revealing that discussions have already started with Khan’s camp.