Brook will face Spence Jr. in front of his hometown fans

Brook will face Spence Jr. in front of his hometown fans

Brook will face Spence Jr. in front of his hometown fans

The first world title fight of Errol Spence Jr.s promising career will be a tall order. With his left eye now compromising his vision, Brook took a beating in the ninth, with the tenth heralding his first knockdown early in the round after a series of jabs to the now-closed eye opened him up for Spence's more venomous punches.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Sunday morning he said: 'I had a CT scan on my eye and the eye's broken again, same as the Golovkin one, so I need surgery again.

"This fight is going to be a thriller, fireworks from round one, he's not going to take a backward step and I'm not".

Brook suffered a broken eye socket for the second time in as many fights following his defeat by Gennady Golovkin in September a year ago. "I'm gutted in front of my own fans in the steel city of Sheffield that I've lost my belt, I'm devastated". And despite both being known more as boxers than punchers, the majority of the fight was contested at close range with a series of highly technical combinations and power shots.

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Eddie Hearn, Brook's promoter, said the Sheffield fighter would take time out after his injury, but believes "the iron man" will continue in his career at 11st.

Tonights victor will be in line for major bouts moving forward in the loaded welterweight division against the likes of unified champion Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Porter and a host of others. I think the time is now maybe to move up.

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"I showed what true champions do", said the 27-year-old Texan.

"I'm a better fighter than I was in those previous attempts, better prepared".

'There were no doubts at all [coming into the fight], I would give myself B- to be honest but Kell deserves a lot of credit'.

The bout was Brook's first since he suffered a fifth round stoppage against Gennady Golovkin last September when his trainer, Dominic Ingle, threw in the towel after Brook had suffered a broken right eye socket due to a punch from the hard-hitting Kazakh. Spence turned Brook's left eye into a mess, and the champion was retreating after taking so much to the body. From then on, it was all Spence as Brook struggled with the injury. It felt like the Golovkin one. "He came to America, so I came over here to get it from him".

"If Kell allows someone as polished as Spence to get into his groove and read his timing it is going to get harder and harder". It was devastating. I just couldn't see.

Spence landed 44 percent of his power shots (comparable to the almost 43 percent he landed in his four previous CompuBox-tracked fights) and 71 of his 246 total connects were to the body.

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