SHEFFIELD boxer Kell Brook is today recovering after suffering serious injuries when he was stabbed while on a night out in the city.
The 20-year-old welterweight, from Hillsborough, was attacked in Spital Hill and needed treatment at the Northern General Hospital for knife wounds to his side and buttocks.
His trainer Dave Coldwell said: “Kell is really shaken up. It was the first time he had been for a night out since the New Year.
“He was released from hospital the morning afterwards, when he was a bit groggy, and I am giving him a couple of days off to settle down.”
It is believed the incident happened after the fighter had left the Cactus Club, in Earsham Street, Burngreave.
Coldwell said: “A car pulled up and couple of kids got out. Kell saw a shiny thing and tried to run away but, as he turned, they got him. Thankfully the wound was not near any arteries or organs.
“I have never had to deal with a boxer who has been stabbed before.”
Coldwell said it was not yet clear how long it would take for his up-and-coming star, who is unbeaten in 14 professional fights, to fully recover from his injuries.
Brook was attacked less than a week after a knock-out victory over Karl David at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Easter Saturday.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are investigating an incident that occurred at about 3.45am on Friday, April 13, in the Spital Hill area of the city.
“A 20 year-old man who had earlier left a club in the area was assaulted by a group of males in the street. As a result of the attack, he sustained two knife wounds and was taken to Northern General Hospital, where he was detained for treatment to his injuries, described as serious but not life threatening.
“Police are trying to ascertain the nature of the incident and enquiries are ongoing. Officers would like to hear from anyone who has any information or who witnessed the incident.”
Contact DC Wayne Sanderson at West Bar CID on 0114 2924163 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.