World champion boxer Kell Brook believes the fugitive knifeman who almost killed him on holiday could live just 40 miles away from his Sheffield home.
The fighter admits to having hatred in his heart for the machete-wielding thug who put him and his family through hell – and lost him a fortune in what would have been his first pay-per-view show.
He believes his assailant in a Tenerife apartment – now at the centre of an international manhunt – should be jailed for many years.
Speaking exclusively to The Star, Kell, from Grenoside, says he is trying to move on from the ‘nightmare’.
He knows the first name of his British attacker and believes he hails from Nottingham, but knows little else about him.
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Kell said: “The police know who he is and they have a system which flags up if he moves from country to country. We have been talking with police and solicitors but they haven’t got him yet and it doesn’t seem straight forward.
“I could never forgive him and if I spent any time thinking about what I lost because of him I would go crazy. I can’t let it do my head in.
“At the end of the day, for no reason, he stabbed me. I do feel hatred for him, I want him caught for what he has done.”
Kell who took the IBF title off American Shawn Porter in California in August, is rehabilitating with sports science experts at Sheffield United.
The 28-year-old said: “After I had won the world title, after all those years work, I felt unbelievable, but he took all that away from me.
“I’d had that great moment but then he just took all the shine off it. They need to catch that guy, he needs to go to prison for a long time.”
Kell feels particularly aggrieved at losing a money-spinning pre-Christmas show through the injury.
“He stopped me having a big fight on December 6 and that really got me down,” he said. “It would have been a massive night for me.
“Every time I am in the shower or look at my leg, it is there and will be there for the rest of my life.
“But I want to keep thinking positively and look forward, I am alive and all the big fights out there can still happen. Me and my family are just getting on with it.”
Sheffield could have lost two boxers in a matter of weeks.
After Kell was savagely attacked, his former sparring partner Jerome Wilson suffered a brain injury in a fight but has now come out of a coma.
Kell said: “It is fantastic – Jerome is flying now after all he has been through, I am delighted for him.”