Kell Brook has retired from boxing. The Sheffield fighter has called time on his career following his most recent win, a sixth-round stoppage against long-time nemesis, Amir Khan, in February. Temptation to stay in boxing had followed Brook since that win with his name linked to future high-profile fights with Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr.
After becoming world champion in 2014 following a close points win over Shawn Porter, Brook would hold the belt for almost three years before being halted by Errol Spence. Before that contest, Brook would take a leap in class and weight as jumped to 160lbs before losing to Gennadiy Golovkin.
His 2020 loss to Terence Crawford ensured his time at the highest level was over, but he was able to rediscover some of the magic that elevated him to the sport’s most elite platform when facing Khan. The pair had traded insults for years, and although both had seen better days, it was Brook who proved to be the better man when it mattered most.
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"I've had a long chat with my family and my parents, and it's over for me. I'll never box again,” said Brook when speaking with The Telegraph. "It's a little emotional to be actually saying this out loud. I think everyone around me is pleased. Truth is, boxing is a very, very tough, dangerous sport, one in which you can be legally killed in the ring, and I've finished now with all my faculties intact."