Brook to Undergo Second Eye Surgery
Kell Brook not only lost his IBF welterweight title on Saturday, but he also suffered an injury that will feel all too familiar to the British boxer. Brook suffered a broken orbital bone above his left eye against Errol Spence, just one fight removed from sustaining the same injury above his other eye against Gennady Golovkin.
Brook is expected to get surgery done to repair the broken orbital, just as he had done following his September loss to ‘GGG’.
Following the first injury, Brook had a titanium plate placed around his eye socket. There were questions leading into the fight with Spence as to whether Brook’s repaired eye would hold up under the American’s stiff punches. Ironically, that eye held up just fine while the other did not.
Brook said following the fight that his eye began bothering him in the late rounds, eventually becoming too much of a problem and forcing him to take a knee in the eleventh round:
"I’m devastated. I knew from round seven that the eye had gone and progressively as the rounds went on. I tried to get through the fight and it kept going double-vision and then coming back into line.
"In the later rounds 10 and 11, especially 11th round, it stuck there and that’s why I went down on one knee and I remember the surgeon saying to me after the Golovkin fight if you would have gone another round or so you could be blind so I’ve got that going through my mind as well."