Kell Brook: from personal nightmare to a dream boxing challenge

Sheffield's Kell Brook has always wanted to embrace the challenge of fighting the world's best boxers.

Sunday, 4th September 2016, 7:19 am
Updated Sunday, 4th September 2016, 10:06 am
A day to forget for Kell

In six days time, that wish becomes true when the IBF world welterweight champion takes on middleweight war-lord Gennady Golovkin.

It will be a career-defining moment for the Ecclesall family man.

Sheffield champ Brook

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But two years ago today, it was all a very different outlook for Brook.

On this day in 2014 he was taken to hospital in Tenerife after being stabbed in the leg while on holiday.

He lost an enormous amount of blood and was lucky to have survived.

Brook emphatically bounced back from the traumatic experience and could now amaze the sporting world by handing out a first ever defeat to pound for pound genius GGG.

Sheffield champ Brook

Here are some other things that happened, in the sporting world, on this day, September 4.

1990: Manchester United's Steve Bruce became the first top-flight player to be red-carded under the new professional foul rule, in a match against Luton.

2000: European champions Real Madrid reported they were more than £165million in debt.

2002: Former England cricket captain and opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott confirmed he had been diagnosed with cancer after tests on a lump in his neck.

2006: Thomas Bjorn let rip at Ian Woosnam after Europe's captain opted for Lee Westwood instead of the Dane as his second wild card for the defence of the Ryder Cup at the K Club. Bjorn described his relationship with Woosnam as ''completely dead'', calling the captain ''barmy''.

2008: Kevin Keegan resigned as manager of Newcastle, citing his relationship with the club's hierarchy over transfer policy.

2009: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Jarno Trulli finished second with Lewis Hamilton third.

2011: Britain's Mo Farah won gold in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships in Daegu.

2012: The British and Irish Lions confirmed Warren Gatland as head coach for the 2013 series against Australia.