Feature | Mar 26 2015

Kell Brook: “I was just happy to be alive. This is a new chapter for me”

After a horrific machete attack Brook completes his recovery against Jo Jo Dan on Saturday, writes John Dennen
Kell Brook
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THE scar is a reminder. Last year Kell Brook was the victim of a terrifying machete attack that hacked into his leg. He could have lost his life. He could have lost the ability to box again, not to mention the chance to defend the world title he had so recently won.

In hospital in Tenerife he passed in and out of consciousness. “I was laying there. No one could speak English, I was looking down at my leg, I had drips in each arm. I just thought two weeks ago I was at the top of the world and now I’m laying in a hospital bed with my leg tied up,” he recalled. “I’d just come out of theatre, I had a blood transfusion, everyone’s speaking, all these bright lights and not knowing what’s going off, it was horrific.

“I was just happy to open my eyes, I was getting wheeled out and getting outside hospital and feeling free air and looking at the sun, I was just happy to be alive.”