Kell Brook admits trainer Dominic Ingle saved him from serious injury at the hands of Gennady Golovkin

KELL BROOK  defended his trainer’s decision to throw in the towel — admitting it saved him from serious injury.

Dominic Ingle compassionately pulled his man out in the fifth round of a brutal  world middleweight war with champion Gennady Golovkin.

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Dominic Ingle waved the white towel to pull his man out of the bout
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Brook was disappointed to be pulled out initially but understands Ingle’s decision now
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Gennady Golovkin smashed Kell Brook’s eye socket in with one of his vicious second-round punches
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The cornerman had seen enough as the IBF and WBC monster launched a  flurry  of fierce punches to Brook’s cut and swollen face on  Saturday night.

And Brook  revealed he fought for FOUR rounds with impaired vision after suffering a broken eye socket in  the second.

Promoter Eddie Hearn  yesterday  posted  X-ray photographs of the damage to Brook’s skull and the boxer will undergo surgery in his hometown Sheffield today.

Brook, 30, who was taken to hospital before being released early yesterday morning, confessed: “It could have ended up seriously bad.

“He broke my eye socket in the second round and I came back to the corner at the end of the round and said to Dominic, ‘I can’t see out of my right eye’.

“I was talking to him and he knows me, he saw me growing up as a kid. He’s like a father figure.

“It was the right decision to throw in the towel and I can fight another day.

“I was getting caught and when you are seeing five Golovkins you don’t know which one to hit.

“The loss has been gutting but I’ll be back twice as strong and twice as fast.”

Golovkin, 34, also supported Ingle — despite some of the 17,000 fans at London’s  O2 Arena  jeering the decision.

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Brook was pulled out in round five by his concerned corner
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Brook got lots of praise for how he stood up to Golovkin and tried to go toe-to-toe
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The undefeated Kazakhstan boxer said: “I think it’s smart.

“Respect to his corner, his coach, because seriously, in the last round he felt very bad. He was finished.

“Thanks to his corner, for his career, for his family.

“It’s correct, because I feel it was game over.”

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez also backed his fellow cornerman. He added: “In the last 20 seconds, he probably got caught with eight, nine clean punches.

“They may not have been devastating punches, but they are the type that can hurt you permanently.

“Kell’s a warrior, he’s not going to give up.

“We have to be smart in the corner and can’t let 20,000 coaches in the audience dictate what happens to our fighter. Dom did the right thing.”

Following surgery, Brook will  have a break before considering his next move after his first pro loss.

Hearn said: “It was a great fight, a great occasion. I’m very proud of Kell. He put up a great fight.

“Although the crowd always want to see a duel to the end, Dominic did a great job.

“He’s broken his eye socket but is OK and I think Kell has a huge future.

“The fact that he came up 13lb to take on Golovkin says a lot about him. He’s proved he has a good chin.

“Although he was hurt in the first round, the second round was epic and the third was just as good.

“The fourth was unbelievable and I wish we could have had a few more.”

Brook still holds the IBF welterweight title but is unlikely to drop back down to 147lb given his previous struggles to make the weight.

Hearn believes his man’s future now lies in the 154lb super-welterweight division, with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez a realistic target.

Alvarez, 26, challenges WBO super-welter champ Liam Smith in Texas on  Saturday night and Brook is keen to face the winner.

Ibra took in Kell Brooks defeat to Gennady Golovkin after the match
Ibra took in Kell Brooks defeat to Gennady Golovkin after the match
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Brook’s left eye was swollen and his vision was seriously hindered after the second-round punch
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Hearn said: “The fact he’s  had his chin checked by Golovkin gives him a huge amount of credit.

“Whatever happened, win, lose or draw, I knew his stock would rise.

“Canelo is a huge fight. It’s the natural fight.

“But Kell is world welterweight champion and we have to decide what to do there first — it’s a big  decision to vacate that belt.

“One of the reasons we took the Golovkin fight was because I felt our future at 147lb would be short-lived.”

Mexico’s Canelo KO’d Amir Khan in the sixth round of a 155lb catchweight contest for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas in May.

And Hearn refuses to rule out the possibility of Brook finally meeting long-time rival Khan in a domestic blockbuster. He said: “We might make 147lb one more time for the Khan fight.”

Golovkin, who also holds the WBA Super belt alongside his IBF and WBC crowns, now has another Brit in his sights —  WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders.

He said: “My goal is to hold all the belts in the  middleweight division.

“I would like Saunders first of all because he has the WBO belt. I would absolutely come back to the UK to fight. I love the UK.”

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