Sheffield world champion boxer Kell Brook has spoken about being stabbed in an ‘unprovoked attack’ while on holiday in Tenerife.
The 28-year-old was attacked during the early hours of Thursday morning on the Spanish island, where he is on holiday with his family.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Brook said: “I was out enjoying a night out before returning home to the UK when I was the victim of an unprovoked attack.
“I’m devastated right now after being on such a high having achieved my dream of becoming world champion in Los Angeles last month.
“This is obviously a major setback but the thought of defending my title is what’s keeping me positive right now.
“I want to thank everyone for their support. Make no mistake – I will be back.”
Brook will spend the weekend in hospital and will return to Sheffield on Monday to begin his rehabilitation.
His promoter Eddie Hearn, who flew to Tenerife to visit Brook, said: “We were all glad to get out here and see Kell for ourselves.
“The important thing now is to get him home and after some rest begin physio on his injuries.
“His first defence was planned on December 6 which is now unrealistic but we fully expect Kell to be back in the ring early next year.”