Kell Brook had eye surgery in Sheffield, England to fix his broken right eye socket last Friday from his 5th round stoppage loss to 160lb champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin from their fight this month on September 10.
According to Brook’s spokesman, the surgery was successful and he’s recovering. Brook plans on wasting little time before coming back in early 2017 against one of the following fighters: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Amir Khan or Miguel Cotto. After tasting the big time with his fight against Golovkin, Brook wants nothing but top rated fighters from this point on.
There’s a very good chance that Brook could get one of those names. However, Brook is going to get diminishing returns unless he wins his next fight. The big names aren’t going to want to continue to fight the 30-year-old Brook if he loses his fights one after another. In other words, you can only go so far if all you’re able to do is be competitive for four rounds before your trainer Dominic Ingle throws in the towel at the first hint of danger.
Brook is going to need to actually win his fights for him to keep getting the big money fights. It’s no good if your trainer Ingle throws in the towel at the first sight of your fights not going in your favor. You have to be able to fight through adversity.
“All went well and he’s resting up,” Anthony Leaver of Matchroom Boxing said to ESPN.com.
The next thing we’ll likely be seeing from Brook is him vacating his International Boxing Federation welterweight title. Brook must do that because he’s now required to defend his IBF belt against the SUPER talented IBF mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs), who is seen as the new Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the division.
If Brook goes back down to 147 to fight Spence, there’s a very good chance that he’ll lose by a knockout to him. That would probably ruin Brook’s chances of getting big money fights against Canelo, Khan and Cotto. Spence is cable of beating Brook just like Golovkin did. Spence might not get an injury stoppage like Golovkin did, but I could see the towel being thrown into the ring again by Ingle at the first hint of danger for Brook. He can’t have that happen against Spence, because it would wreck his money fights against the bigger names.
“He looked worse after the fight than he did after the operation,” Ingle told the Sheffield Star. “The surgeon, who was called Mohammed Ali, believe it or not, went up through his gums, his front teeth, moved an eye to one side and then sorted out the fracture. Kell is good, though, and doesn’t want any delays before his next fight. He wants to be out again early in the new year, rather than later.”
The results of Brook’s next fight will have a huge impact on what happens in the rest of Brook’s boxing career. If he gets beaten again with Ingle throwing in the towel, I think it’s going to hurt Brook and finish him as a major fighter. Ingle is going to need to resist throwing the towel in to save Brook. he’s got to let nature take it’s course for Brook’s fights if he doesn’t want him to be seen as someone who needs to be saved at the first hint of things going wrong for him. We didn’t see Golovkin’s trainer throwing in the towel in the 2nd round when he was getting worked over by Brook, did we?