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Kell Brook is to have surgery on the broken eye socket he suffered in Saturday night's defeat to Gennady Golovkin.
The Sheffield-born fighter sustained the injury in the second round, causing him blurred vision and his corner threw in the towel in round five.
Many fans were in uproar at the move by Brook's corner as, although Brook's face had been visibly damaged, he had surprised many by trading with some success with the unbeaten Golovkin.
The Kazakh fighter's record now stands at an unbeaten 36 fights with 33 wins by way of knockout, and fight promoter Eddie Hearn paid tribute to Brook for taking on the challenge.
"Fans always want to fighters step up and fight the best and he did that," he said.
"Kell stepped up from welterweight to middleweight. He wanted the big fights and it was a hell of a fight. I think Kell deserves lot of respect.
"Kell traded with him and had a real go but it was absolutely the right decision from [Brook's trainer] Dominic Ingle.
"I know there were a few boos from the crowd but he knows his fighter more than anyone and that kind of injury can get worse and worse in a fight and ultimately end someone's career."
Brook meanwhile accepted that Ingle had ultimately made the right decision.
"He's like a father figure," he said. "It was the right decision and I can fight another day.
"I was getting caught, and getting caught. It could have ended up seriously bad."
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