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Monday, May 29, 2017

No Holds Barred: Kell Brook Takes A Knee 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the victory by Errol Spence Jr. this past Saturday, May 27, over Kell Brook to capture the IBF welterweight belt and vault himself to the top tier of the welterweight division.

In what started as a close and competitive fight, the end came at 1:47 of the 11th round, when a battered Brook took a knee and indicated to the referee that he could no longer see well enough to continue because of an injury to his left eye.

This fight took place in front of 27,000 fans at the Bramall Lane football ground in Sheffield, U.K., and was shown live in the U.K. on Sky Sports Box Office and live in the U.S. on Showtime.

The 27-year-old Spence, now 22-0 with 19 KOs, faces a bright future. But for the 31-year-old Brook, now 31-2 with 25 KOs, what does the future hold?

Brook has now lost his last two fights, the only two losses of his professional career. After fighting at middleweight last year against the unbeaten slugger Gennady Golovkin, he had to have surgery to repair his right eye socket, with a metal plate being inserted into his face. Now he has lost again due to an eye injury, this time to his left eye, and will face surgery and all the uncertainties that accompany it once again. So what will, or should, happen after taking a knee to end his fight with Spence?

(Photo by Amanda Westcott/Showtime.)

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