British world champion boxer Kell Brook has been stabbed while on holiday with his pregnant wife in Tenerife, Sky sources understand.
It comes less than a month after the 28-year-old clinched theIBFwelterweight title with an unexpected defeat of American fighter Shawn Porter.
Brook was stabbed in the leg and suffered a cut arm during the attack, which could have implications for a fight with fellow British boxerAmir Khan that was rumoured to be in the pipeline.
A Guardia Civil spokeswoman said: “This morning a 28-year-old British man was stabbed at Golf del Sur in San Miguel de Abona.
“He was stabbed in the left leg and is hospitalised. He lost a lot of blood. There are no arrests at this time.”
It remains unclear whether his plans for a first title defence in December will have to be postponed.
He is said to be conscious and in a stable condition in hospital, while his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Reporting for Sky Sports News HQ, Fraser Dainton said: “As I’m sure you can imagine, this must have been extremely distressing and upsetting for everybody involved.
“He was looking forward to a nice, quiet, relaxing time over in Tenerife with his family, but obviously this has put a shadow on things at the moment.
“The details are fairly sketchy, but the good news is that it looks like the injuries, from what we’re told, are not too serious.”
This is not the first time that the boxer has been stabbed – in 2007, he sustained serious injuries after being knifed in his sides and buttocks following a party at a nightclub in Sheffield.