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Kell Brook expected to undergo surgery on second eye

Kell Brook has been diagnosed with a fracture orbital bone in his left eye.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As has been acknowledged by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, and now being reported by ESPN, former IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) is facing a second surgery, this time on his left eye, to repair a broken orbital bone suffered in his fight with Errol Spence Jr. over the weekend.

Brook recently had surgery on his right eye for a broken orbital bone when he took on Gennady Golovkin at middleweight last year. That injury required a titanium plate to be installed around the socket and many wondered how they eye would hold up in another fight. Ironically enough, it turns out that the reconstructed eye held up well while his left eye was cracked this time. The injury forced Brook to take a knee in the 11th round as he complained of double vision, ultimately taking a 10-count resulting in a knockout loss.

"I'm devastated. I knew from round seven that the eye had gone and progressively as the rounds went on. I tried to get through the fight and it kept going double-vision and then coming back into line.

"In the later rounds 10 and 11, especially 11th round, it stuck there and that's why I went down on one knee and I remember the surgeon saying to me after the Golovkin fight if you would have gone another round or so you could be blind so I've got that going through my mind as well."

Considering the injury, it’s unlikely that Brook will compete again this year, with some openly wonder how this might impact his boxing career going forward. Brook did not attend the post-fight presser, instead going straight to the hospital for a CT scan which confirmed the injury.

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