Former welterweight world champion Kell Brook has compared himself to ‘The Terminator’ after surgery to mend a broken eye socket suffered in defeat to Errol Spence.
Brook lost his coveted title belt to the talented American at Bramall Lane in Sheffield last year and heads back home on Saturday, this time to Sheffield Arena to take on Sergey Rabchenko at the higher weight class.
‘The Special One’ damaged the opposite side of his face, just months after undergoing an operation following another loss to Gennady Golovkin the previous September but believes plates inserted in his injury have made them even stronger.
“My surgeon Dr. Muhammad Ali has looked after me very well,” explained Brook to Sky Sports News. “The bone is knotted together and I’ve got titanium on top of that, so call me ‘The Terminator’ now.
“The first few spars I was a bit worried about it, but after being in with big guys and them bouncing off it hurting their hands, I realised I’ve got no problems.
“I don’t even think about it now. I just feel like I’ve got plenty in the tank and lots of energy.
“I’m looking to go a bit old school in this fight and be bit lighter on my feet – a bit little ‘Bomber’ Graham did.”
On the possibility of his career being over due to the injuries, Brook added: “I’ve had to come back from those. They are bad injuries, not just one but two.
“I’m just happy I’ve got a very good surgeon who has repaired me and I’m back now!”
A win for the Yorkshireman would see him pick up the WBC silver strap at 154 pounds and mean Brook is one step closer to a world championship opportunity to potentially become a two-weight world champion.