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Kell Brook says defeat to Mark DeLuca would end his career

Kell Brook says defeat to Mark DeLuca would end his career
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Kell Brook has not fought since November 2018

Kell Brook says he will announce his retirement in the ring if he loses to Mark DeLuca on 8 February.

Brook, 33, will face the American after a 14-month spell out of the ring.

Sheffield’s Brook has endured a testing period since 2016, having broken both eye sockets and given up his world welterweight title.

“This last chapter of my career, I’m giving it my all,” Brook said. “If I get beaten I can walk away with my head high, knowing I have given everything.”

He told the 5 Live Boxing Podcast: “If I get beaten by DeLuca, I will announce my retirement in that ring. If I can’t beat him, what am I doing?”

He now feels that if he were to retire – even as a former world champion – he would not feel fulfilled with his achievements. BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello says the admission is “staggering”.

Brook has said he was “a mess” in the aftermath of losing his IBF world welterweight title to Errol Spence Jr at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane in 2017, and resorted to “drinking too much” because he felt down.

He turned to counsellors and said he “poured my heart out to them”.