Nobody likes being punched hard in the head. Boxers included.
But world welterweight champion Kell Brook was a happy man after being caught full-on in sparring.
For the blow had landed fair and square on the same eye socket that was smashed by Gennady Golovkin - a nasty wound which required extensive surgery and several weeks of recovery.
Comfortably absorbing the punch, from Sheffield gym-mate Amer Khan at the Ingles’ Wincobank base, confirmed to Brook that he had made a full recovery.
Brook told The Star: “I’d not really thought about it much because I have got great faith in my surgeon Dr Mohammed-Ali. When he told me I am good to go I knew for sure I was.
“Amer ‘Killer’ Khan landed in sparring and after a few shots asked me how I felt and I said: ‘Fine’ it was like I had never been injured.”
Some people have psychological concerns after serious injury but Sheffield’s IBF world champion said: “There is nothing I could do about the injury and if I had any future concerns then there would be no point in being in boxing. I don’t worry about it at all. It is stronger than it was before - the doctor is a precision surgeon and I honestly didn’t worry as soon as he gave me the green light. In fact, it was nice to get a hit on it. I was even more certain then that it was strong and I could take blows on it.”
Khan, a former Central Area light heavyweight champion, said he’d been happy to confirm the injury was completely healed.
“We initially started body-sparring and then it developed into full on head sparring! “I think my weight advantage got me through the spar. If Kell can take a punch from a 15 stone tall, strong, very handsome, southpaw he’s got no problems with a loudmouth, wannabe American!”
Meanwhile, Brook continues in his preparation for his welterweight defence against American Errol Spence Jr, at Bramall Lane on May 27.