But he recorded his second consecutive loss, this time on the home soil of Bramall Lane, losing by an 11th-round knockout to the impressive Spence Jr. Brook took several months off from boxing to recover from surgery to fix a fractured right orbital bone, which required a surgeon to insert a titanium plate into Brook's face. The main event is expected to begin at close to 5:30 p.m. ET.
Errol Spence has beaten Kell Brook in Sheffield to become the new IBF welterweight champion. Brook won the belt via Majority Decision against Shawn Porter in August 2014 and has successfully defended it three times.
"I got hit on the eye in the 7th round", he said afterwards.
"Amir Khan v Kell Brook is a pay-per-view fight and I really believe that next summer it would make sense".
The champion appeared comfortable opposing a southpaw, as he has been on many occasions before, but Spence Jr proved a slick operator who justified the considerable hype generated from America.More news: How a Fringe Conspiracy Theory Made Its Way to Sean Hannity's Broadcast
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Errol Spence is EVENS to come to the United Kingdom and win the belt, while a draw is 20/1. Brook was one of the first top-rank opponents to step up against GGG, who is now in a string of high-profile matches.
"I've done the hard work, getting down to welterweight", the British boxer said. After successfully making weight on Friday, two of the best fighters in the world will duke it out for one of the crown jewels of the 147-pound division. I think the layoff had me kinda shaky in there, you know, the nine-month layoff. He's going to bring it and I'm going to bring it. "It is a lot of pressure to go into someone's backyard like that".
Brook valiantly fought on despite the gruelling two minutes left until the bell, reminiscent of Anthony Joshua's recent rally against Vladimir Klitschko. "It goes for both of them, it is easy to say, but whoever imposes themselves early on, they will do it".
The first few rounds saw both men exchange in some closely fought contests, with the scoring of those obviously favouring the hometown champion, with Sky Sports commentator giving Kell Brook five of the first six rounds on the scorecard. The co-main event between George Groves and Fedor Chudinov will also be shown for free on Showtime's Youtube page.