Kell Brook breaks left eye socket against Errol Spence Jr

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Brook had a metal plate inserted into his face following the Golovkin defeat and is set to go under the surgeon's knife once more, while it seems unlikely he will box again this year.

Brook was clearly struggling due to a swollen left eye and after another knockdown, referee Howard Foster took the decision to step in.

Now Brook has confirmed that he broke his left eye socket, and will require surgery. I don't think I did too good. I can knock him out in front of his hometown fans.

With Brook's previous fight having come in a middleweight defeat to Gennady Golovkin, there had been concerns over the weight the Briton has had to lose to drop back down to welterweight.

Spence Jr - who is unbeaten in 22 bouts with 19 inside the distance - praised Brook and looked ahead to fulfilling his own ambition.

"I've been calling Keith Thurman out for a long time".

Brook was left hanging on at the end of the ninth as the tide turned firmly in Spence Jr's favour, the challenger bombarding the champion with a flurry of blows.

"I give myself a B-minus", Spence said. The fight between me and Kell Brook is a pay-per-view fight. I got hurt when I got put down, I'm a warrior and when you can't see, there's nothing you can do. "This is going to be one of the fights of the year. There's going to be drama in this fight, and I am going to the wire - and the trenches - if I have to, to keep it".

Whoever Spence fights next, they better be prepared for the toughest fight of their life. What I'm saying is he had the fight beaten out of him.

Brook's promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed that the injury was believed to be the same as the one suffered fewer than nine months ago, though the Sheffield native had gone to hospital for an X-ray to have a full diagnosis of the injury and decide whether he needs to undergo surgery again to correct the fracture.

"The goal here is to unify all of the welterweight titles", Spence said.

Ringside for the fight were two other name welterweights - both also with Haymon - in Shawn Porter, a former titlist who lost his belt to Brook back in 2014, and England's Amir Khan. "Kell was obviously bothered by it, and eventually had to take a knee twice because he couldn't see out of his left eye".

With the victory, Errol Spence Jr places himself in the upper echelon of talent, not just in the Welterweight division but also in boxing as a whole. I showed I can take a punch and I can throw a punch.

George Groves earlier weighed in 11st 13lbs 6oz for his WBA super-middleweight title fight against Russia's against Fedor Chudinov, who was four ounces lighter. I was a little bit off with my offense and defense.

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