Sheffield’s world boxing champion Kell Brook lost ‘a lot of blood’ after been knifed on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife – the second time he has been stabbed.
The 28-year-old was stabbed in the leg and suffered a cut to his arm following an altercation in the early hours. The attack seriously jeopardises Brook’s first money-spinning IBF world title defence in December.
It is not the first time the Grenoside-based boxer has been stabbed – in 2007, he sustained serious injuries following a night out in Sheffield.
He suffered serious stab wounds when he was attacked in Spital Hill, apparently after leaving a club, in Earsham Street, Burngreave.
Brook is on holiday on the Spanish island with his pregnant partner, Lindsey Myers, who is expecting their second child.
He is understood to have been enjoying a night out in the Golf De Sur – a popular tourist area of Tenerife - when the attack took place at about 6am yesterday.
Brook was rushed to the Candelaria Hospital and is said to be conscious and in a stable condition.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A spokeswoman for Spain’s Guardia Civil said: “A 28-year-old British man was stabbed at Golf del Sur in San Miguel de Abona.
“He was stabbed in the left leg and is hospitalised. He lost a lot of blood.
“There are no arrests at this time and the Guardia Civil are investigating.”
Brook’s former trainer Dave Coldwell said he had heard there had been ‘an altercation’.
“I’ve heard he was with his family and he was out and was in some kind of altercation and was stabbed.
“I have been told that he is stable,” he said.
Brook won the IBF welterweight title when he beat American Shawn Porter in California last month.
Shortly after his epic points win, his promoter Eddie Hearn told The Star the pressure was on Brook to perform even better and challenge the biggest names in sport and ‘deliver unification fights’.
He said the unbeaten welterweight could not afford any slip-ups.
Brook is scheduled to return to the ring at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on December 6. A fight with fellow British boxer Amir Khan is also rumoured to be in the pipeline.
Dave said: “It is not good timing. I know Eddie Hearne was looking at December 6 for his next fight.
“Looking at the timescale – it’s 13 weeks until December 6 – I can’t really see how he is going to make that unless it is just a scratch.”