Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Matchroom Boxing has an encouraging update, noting that "Boxer Kell Brook is in a stable condition in hospital in Tenerife after an attack whilst on holiday with his family."
Kell Brook required an operation to save his life after he was stabbed multiple times in Tenerife, reports Ron Lewis of The Times (subscription required).
Fresh details of the attack are emerging, and Lewis reports the serious nature of Brook's plight, per Eurosport:
IBF welterweight champion Brook, 28, was stabbed three times in the leg and also sustained a cut on one arm in the assault on the early hours of Thursday morning, and surgeons in Santa Cruz carried out a "major operation that saved his life", according to a family statement.
The Times reports that the attack took place in the apartment where Brook was staying at around 6am on Thursday, with the boxer staggering to a neighbouring apartment block where he managed to raise the alarm by flinging a chair against a window.
Having lost a huge amount of blood he was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but is now stable after the operation, with the statement adding that, "Kell is awake and starting his recovery from this horrendous attack."
Brook's promoter, Eddie Hearn, posted the following photo and promised to provide further comment later on Friday, per Riath Al-Samarrai and Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail:
I can confirm he has a leg injury but there is no injury to his arm. He is stable and sitting up in bed, with his family and myself at his bedside.
I have not yet spoken to his doctors so I can't comment on the severity of the issues, but I will be making a statement later today.
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has reportedly been hospitalised after being stabbed in the leg while holidaying on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
BBC Sport relayed the shocking news concerning the 28-year-old Sheffield boxer:
.@BBCSheffield confirm IFB welterweight champion Kell Brook is in hospital after being stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 4, 2014
Brook claimed his IBF title only last month when he defeated American Shawn Porter on a majority decision in Carson, California.
His next fight was set to be a hometown return in early December, but it is not yet known whether the injuries suffered from the stabbing will have an effect on the bout:
We're bringing big time boxing to Sheffield your going to get exited with this December 6th show, doesn't get much better let me tel you!— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) September 3, 2014
The retired Salford fighter—who was in Spain to train Matthew Macklin—was seemingly the victim of a random attack, per the Guardian. He recently updated his Twitter followers on the good progress in his recovery:
Thanks for all the well wishes that keep coming, appreciate the concern. I'm coming on really well and will back 100% in no time x 👍— Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore777) August 20, 2014
Eurosport gratifyingly reports Brook's injuries as "not life threatening" while The Times' Ron Lewis provides more detail of the incident:
Kell Brook suffered at least one stab wound to leg and cuts to arm. Attack happened at 6am at an apartment in Tenerife— Ron Lewis (@RonLewisTimes) September 4, 2014
Brook seemingly escaped apartment and staggered 100 yards to another apartment complex. Lost "a lot of blood"— Ron Lewis (@RonLewisTimes) September 4, 2014
Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn recently added credence to speculation that his charge may be set for a blockbuster fight with compatriot Amir Khan at Wembley next year, per Riath Al-Samarrai in the Daily Mail:
Talks are ongoing over a fight between Kell Brook and Amir Khan. It is going well because I think everyone realises it makes sense. [...]
Everything so far has been very straightforward and I am in talks with Wembley over a May date.
However, all talks concerning any future fights will now have to be put on hold as Brook's injuries are assessed, with the fighter's health obviously the primary concern.
Eurosport's piece also reports that this is not the first time Brook has been the victim of a stabbing, having been "treated for wounds in his side and buttocks after an incident at a nightclub in his home city [in 2007]."
It must be hoped that Brook—whose professional record currently stands at 33-0—can recover as he did on that occasion.