By Tom Gray
Former welterweight titleholder Kell Brook has vowed to return to the ring by the end of the year after a successful operation on his fractured left eye socket.
Brook, who is rated No. 5 by THE RING at 147 pounds, sustained the injury in his clash with Errol Spence Jr. at Bramall Lane soccer stadium in Sheffield, England, last month. The unbeaten Spence eventually prevailed via 11th-round knockout.
The surgery on Brook’s eye took place last Friday and there was a strong sense of déjà vu. The talented boxer-puncher had also sustained a fractured right eye socket last September, when he unsuccessfully challenged for Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight titles.
That injury healed well following surgery and the prognosis is good this time around.
“I spoke to the surgeon and he said that the operation was a big success and simpler than the last one,” said Brook. “It took half the time of the first one and there’s very little swelling and it looks great. The last scan I had revealed that the healing has started really well and the bone already looks strong, so I expect to make a full recovery and I want to fight again in 2017.
“I was bitterly disappointed by the loss at Bramall Lane. Losing my belt was gutting but I’m glad I accepted to fight Spence and help be part of an event that Sheffield will remember and be proud of.
“I still feel that I have a massive future in the sport. I will talk to my team in the coming weeks about what we can do next and I am looking to get back into camp this summer.”
Information courtesy of a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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