Kell Brook says his pal Adam Etches will bounce back from his unexpected KO defeat to Sergey Khomitsky.
Sheffield’s world champion’s preparation for his own IBF bout against Jo Jo Dan at Sheffield Arena last Saturday was temporarily blighted in his dressing room by news of Etches’ defeat.
Talking after his own four-round demolition of the IBF welterweight challenger, Brook said: “When I heard it before I was gutted, but obviously my mind was on my own job.
“I’ll have to phone him up, obviously I am gutted. I don’t know exactly what has gone off, I heard he got stopped.
“We have been on the phone at least a couple of times a week talking about how excited he is. How many tickets he has been selling” said the unbeaten welterweight king.
“He will be back he has to wipe himself down and go back to the drawing board and see where he goes.”
Etches was bitterly upset by the fourth round stoppage which saw him part company with his IBF International middleweight belt, but has tried to be philosophical, seeing it as a “blip.”
Meanwhile, Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn will today meet Barney Francis, Managing Director, at Sky Sports who will dictate the date of Brook’s next fight, if not the opponent.
If they can get a date nailed down by the broadcaster they can move, with more certainty, towards identifying the next rival.
Hearn says: “Kell wants to move as quickly as possible, there has been no damage from the fight so he is ready to go back in the gym.”
The guessing game will continue for a while about his next opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios or Keith Thurman appear to be favourites.
Hearn wants “double or treble the number of people” at Brook’s next outing.
“Marquez is massive fight, he wants the fight; he is very expensive. But there is a lot of interest from HBO and Showtime” said the promoter.