British boxer says he was the victim of an “unprovoked attack” on holiday in Tenerife…
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has revealed the horror of his knife attack as he concedes that he feared for his life during the ordeal.
The 28-year-old was crowned the new IBF champion just last month after his victory over Shawn Porter in California, but a family holiday to Tenerife ensured that the honeymoon period was ended prematurely.
Brook had been scheduled to make the first defence of his title on December 6 in Sheffield, but promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted that the priority is to get the unbeaten fighter back healthy before a return to the ring in 2015.
Nevertheless, the Sheffield-born fighter has now revealed the terror of being stabbed and fearing for his life in what he says was an unprovoked attack on him.
“Without warning or caution, one swipe,” Brook said, the Daily Mail reports.
“I was a victim of an unprovoked attack. Without warning, I was getting [hit with a] machete by this guy to my leg. This guy was stood over me, shouting and swearing. I am trying to scramble away. I was thinking about my daughter, that I need to get away. I was covered in blood, panicking, feeling so drained and weak from the loss of blood. I feared for my life.”
Brook’s attacker has yet to be found but after he was able to scramble to a near-by apartment he was immediately operated on at hospital and after losing a significant amount of blood he reveals that he doesn’t yet have feeling around the wound.
However, thankfully, doctors have reassured him that there was no significant damage which would have put his career in jeopardy and Brook concedes that he has had a very lucky escape and while the immediate concern is making a full recovery, he still has his eyes on big fights in the future.
“I’m thinking positive because I have to, but believe me, I will get better and then I’ll smash Amir Khan,” he added. “Nothing will stop me from coming back and defending [my belt]. Nothing. The dream scenario would then be to fight Floyd Mayweather. I’m a young lion and I believe I can be one of the greats.”
Brook had been expected to attend Mayweather’s rematch against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas this weekend, but while that plan has been cancelled, he will hope to be fit enough to set up a domestic clash with Khan next summer before targeting a mega-fight with the unbeaten American.