Kell Brook I Feared I Would Not Walk Again After Tenerife Stabbing Never Mind Box
IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook has admitted he feared he would never walk again when he was stabbed with a machete.
He thought his career was over as he lay in a hospital bed, nursing a gash to his left leg, after he was attacked while on holiday in Tenerife in September.
The unbeaten Brookwas back in the gym three months later and will make the first defence of his world title against Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in his native Sheffield on March 28.
"It”s been emotional today," he said, speaking at today”s press conference to confirm Dan as his opponent. "I remember lying there in a hospital bed thinking “would I ever walk again, never mind box?”.
"It”s been a long road back and I had rehab on my leg. Then I was able to take baby steps and now I”m training at 100 miles per hour.
"It”s great to be back here to defend my world title on March 28. I just can”t wait for it."
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Dan is the IBF”s mandatory challenger and Brook is eyeing up a summer spectacular against Amir Khan at Wembley in June if he wins.
"I”m getting this fight out of the way and if it”s not then against the guy from Bolton, it”s going to be against someone extremely highly-ranked in the summer," he said.
"It”s about performing in this fight and then rolling on to a super fight in the summer.
"I”m fighting Jo Jo Dan because he”s the No 1 challenger for this title. I remember being that guy, being shut out and not getting the ins and so I”m giving him the opportunity to fight for this world title.
"I know he”s going to be hungry and tough, but every southpaw I”ve fought, I”ve taken them out and I intend to do the same with this guy.
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