Kell Brook saved his boxing life on Saturday night after dragging himself after from a disastrous place following crushing defeats to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr.
Reminiscent of Ricky Hatton after his reverses to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Brook struggled to deal with where his career was heading and was looking as though he was done with the sport prior to Christmas.
Brook somehow came back from the brink, knuckled down in the gym and has rebranded himself as ‘The Terminator’ following a titanium insert into his injured eye socket.
‘The Special One’ can be a major player having moved up from welterweight to super-welterweight and proved his credentials with a stunning second round knockout of former Hatton protege Sergey Rabchenko.
After the fight, an emotional Brook explained how good it was to have the winning feeling again.
“I’m ‘The Terminator’ and I’ll back! I’m back now with another win. I’m putting everyone on notice and I’m here to stay, I love the sport,” Brook told Sky Sports after what was a tremendous win.
“It was unbelievable (to win again). I was in a dark place at Christmas time and to see all these people turn out and to get myself in shape, my life couldn’t be any better now.
“I’ve not hurt my hands or anything so I’m going to get back in the gym.
“It was all about getting my timing right tonight. I just needed to settle down and time these shots that buckled him. It was the temple shot that done him.”
On settling into the new division, Brook added: “I felt very comfortable.
“I only went up ten pounds from yesterday (to 164) and normally I got way above that, but I just felt comfortable. I felt good in there – strong.
“It was like my first fight tonight with having them losses. I needed to get back to winning ways. The feeling is back again and my confidence has grown.
“I’m going to get back in the gym and I’m back at it. I’m glad I didn’t walk away,” he added.
A fight in June is next for Brook before a possible world title shot at the end of the summer and a potential defense of any future strap against Amir Khan by the end of 2018.