Kell Brook’s boxing misery was confirmed, last night.
As The Star revealed yesterday, a foot injury will again sideline him from competing with American Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title.
The injury to his right foot is so severe, that thoughts of boxing with a painkilling injection were quickly dispensed with.
Instead, the importance of having a 100% fit Brook - as he was, ironically, when Alexander had to pull out with a bicep injury - has to come first if he is to succeed at this level. Brook was beyond consolation after yet another set back.
He has not been able to train at full pelt because of the issue.
Alexander, on the other hand, must now decide whether to defend his title against somebody else or arrange a ten rounder to keep in trim.
Brook’s position as mandatory challenger should not be undermined though.
He will get his chance at the biggest prize in the sport...he just has to bide his time.
His promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Kell has recently developed pain in his right foot.
“Following specialist review and investigations over the last ten days he has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his right fourth metatarsal and a further injury of his right navicular, both of which require on-going treatment including withdrawal from full training.
“As a result of these injuries and the time required to recover he has been advised that he will not be medically fit to fight on May 18.
“Obviously this is a huge blow and Kell is devastated but we have had to make the right decision for Kell Brook the fighter.
“We will speak with Golden Boy and hope to reschedule the bout in the near future.”
Some Brook fans had already laid plans to attend the contest, at the world famous Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.