Sheffield world champion Kell Brook operated on today

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Kell Brook is due to go under the surgeon's knife in Sheffield today.

His fractured eye socket will be put back together in a procedure which it is fair to say he hasn't been looking forward to.

But there are consolations on the horizon, in the shape of big fights.

His stock has risen despite that painful defeat to Gennady Golovkin, at London's 02 Arena 13 days ago.

Saul Alvarez, who has his own problems with a broken thumb, is being mooted as his next fight partner, after several months of rehabilitation.

But in his immediate recovery period, Brook hopes to see British boxing get over its recent period of negative results.

The Sheffield world champion is is backing Manchester's Anthony Crolla to beat Jorge Linares, tomorrow night.

Crolla defends his WBA world title after Brook's middleweight tilt ended in injury and Liam Smith was beaten by Alvarez.

"It is hard to split them, but with the wins he's been having recently, I have to lean towards Crolla." said the South Yorkshireman.

"This is going to be a barnstormer, one hell of a fight, and I can't wait to watch this one because we know they are full of action," he added.

"Crolla's got to be tidy and clean-cut, get behind the jab - everything comes off that - and box sharp. I am leaning towards him but it is going to come down to who is the best fighter on the night.."

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