Spence loss hard to take - Brook

His American challenger, the undefeated Errol Spence Jr., came in as the slight favourite among the bookmakers, and made good on his undoubted potential by stopping Brook in the eleventh round of a back and forth contest. After rubbing at the eye, he voluntarily took a knee, and the referee called for the bell. "I'm devastated", said Brook.

"I had a CT scan on my eye and the eye is broken again, same as the Golovkin one", Brook told Sky Sports. "But I found my feet - I can put those losses to bed now, get on with my life and hopefully go onto better things".

Spence ended Brook's reign as IBF Welterweight Champion, a distinction he has held since he won the belt in August 2014.

Brook went on his knees in the penultimate round, with his left eye causing him a lot of distress, before the referee callrd a hakt to the match.

In a division that has provided greats such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, both Brook and Spence will be hoping to make a name for themselves.

"I couldn't see out of the eye". Sheffield is a blue-collar town and there will be a strong contingent supporting one of their own. I wear my heart on my sleeve.

"I'm experienced, I've had quite a few fights, I've been in some big fights and I know what it takes to be fighting a world champion, and being at world level".

"If the eye hadn't have gone I think the fight would have mapped out a little bit differently but it is what it is and I didn't get the win".

Enough clean shots hit home in Round 11 to where Brook realized it just wasn't going to be his night. "I'm usually a character who is normally well rehearsed - but this time I have no words". Many expect him to go up to 154lbs as he's always had problems making welterweight. "So I'm bringing that into this fight". Crawford is a light welterweight titlist while Thurman and Spence are world welterweight champions. I fought a real champion tonight and I proved non-believers that I can fight.

Brook's left eye began swelling as well.

Las Vegas oddsmakers give Spence the edge with VegasInsider.com listing Brook as a 2-1 underdog.

Over 25,000 fans crammed into Sheffield United's Bramall Lane stadium and created an electric atmosphere throughout a card filled with Yorkshire-based fighters. He lost his highly-anticipated welterweight bout against Errol Spence Jr. - a fight he was favorited the win - and now boasts a broken eye socket to boot.

On the decision, life-long Blades fan Brook said: "This is fantastic - my uncle would bring me here when I was six and now I am fighting here as world champion".

  • Salvatore Jensen