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Errol Spence Jr stops Kell Brook in 11th round to win IBF welterweight title

• Brook’s eye swells up in ninth round before he takes knee in 11th
• Hearn confirms Brook being treated for fractured eye socket

For Kell Brook it was a night that promised so much but ended in gut-wrenching failure. In front of his own people, at a venue he fell in love with as a child, the 31-year-old was determined to triumph, but ultimately he was defeated by the American Errol Spence Jr via an 11th round stoppage, losing his IBF welterweight title in the process and suffering the sort of setback that it may take him some time to recover from.

That much could be taken from Brook’s expression as he contemplated his second successive defeat, having been stopped inside five rounds by Gennady Golovkin nine months ago. He looked broken and beaten, and yet again it was an eye injury that played a part in his downfall. Brook’s right eye had been broken at the hands of Golovkin at the 02 Arena in London, leading to his trainer Dominic Ingle throwing in the towel. Here it was the Sheffield man’s left eye which took a pounding, and while there was no intervention from Ingle, there was also no chance of Brook continuing through heavily restricted vision as Spence unloaded a barrage of shots to his opponent’s body.

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