Former welterweight world champion Kell Brook has admitting returning to the gym was a mistake as he wasn’t quite ready to reignite his career following back-to-back losses.
Defeats to Gennady Golovkin in September and Errol Spence in May, the latter of which took his world title, have hampered Brook’s progress as both inflicted broken eye sockets on the Yorkshireman.
‘The Special One’ headed back to training recently following successful surgery, although wasn’t firing on all cylinders and Brook decided to put his comeback on hold for the time being.
“I have been back in the gym, but only for a little spell because I just wasn’t ready,” Brook said to Sky Sports.
“To have those two, tough losses on the bounce, I am not in a rush to get back to the gym, to be honest.
“I have put the working in over the years and have had those two losses and eye injuries to I want to make sure I am healed properly and have got the eye of the tiger again.
“I need to be firing on all cylinders, not half-hearted. I want to make sure I am ready to go back.”
Brook has drawn up an opponent wishlist which includes Miguel Cotto and the winner of Golovkin v Canelo, both of which would point to a move up in weight for the 31 year-old after spending his whole ring stint at 147 pounds.
Making welterweight has become increasingly difficult for Brook, although the Briton has made it public that he could still boil down to the lower limit for the right fight – possibly against Amir Khan.