IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook was clearly choked up as the Yorkshireman addressed his beloved fans on the back of defending his belt with a four round retirement of mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan.
Brook, 28, was fighting for the first time since being attacked in the leg with a machete last year and looked in amazing form as he dropped Dan four times on the way to a standout victory at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
“I didn’t think I would box again and here I am filling arenas. It means everything to me,” Brook told Sky Sports’ Ed Robinson in the ring in the aftermath.
“I didn’t think I’d walk again never mind box again, and here I am now defending my world title in style. I’ve been given a second chance.”
‘The Special One’ confirmed that his left leg was fully recovered from the incident and just as good as new in his post-fight interview, before calling out some of the bigger names on offer in the division to the home crowds’ delight.
“It was my first time boxing since the leg, and you’re seeing little bits of greatness in there, but there is much more to come.
“My leg feels as good as the other leg. There is not a problem with the leg. I’ll be back out in June in a massive fight. I’m back. The best is yet to come.
“Khan, Marquez, Brandon Rios – bring them on I’m world champion,” he added.