Kell Brook and his trainer face a Scrooge-like Christmas - but they are not complaining about it.
Sheffield’s IBF welterweight champion plans to defend the belt he won in America last August, in March, in his home city. It will be the first fight since defeating Shawn Porter and also the first since his leg was sliced open by a lunatic in Tenerife shortly afterwards.
Trainer Dom Ingle said: “Christmas, New Year? There will be none of that for us. It’s all about getting Kell back to fighting fitness and him being on form to defend that world title that he worked so hard to get.”
Brook has overcome the mental and physical trauma of his attack on holiday and told Sky TV: “I am back, I am smiling, I am healthy and I am moving forward. “I just want to get back in that ring and give the fans in England a brilliant fight and do what I do best, putting on a great show.”
Brook has learned to be more circumspect about his social life saying he can’t “just be the kid from Shirecliffe any more.”
n American Devon Alexander, who faces Amir Khan on December 13, says he is a tougher opponent for the Brit than Brook would be.
“I am way better than Brook; I’m more dangerous for Khan. He knows I will be tougher. Brook still has to prove himself.”