Hearn - Brook ready to return

27 February 2018 11:18:53 EST

Promotor Eddie Hearn says Kell Brook has been pushed to his limits in sparring to ensure he is ready for his comeback.

The Sheffield-fighter returns to the ring on Saturday to take on Sergey Rabchenko and has a point to prove after losing on his last two outings against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr.

Both of those fights saw him suffer severe damage to his eye sockets and he has since gone under the knife to correct the issue.

Kell has been hit hard so he's felt it on his cheeks.

Kell Brook

Saturday's bout against Belarus' Rabchenko is being billed as the former IBF Welterweight champion's first step on the road to redemption and he will be keen to put on a show in front of his hometown crowd at the FlyDSA Arena.

Brook, who will be fighting at light-middleweight for the first time in his career, is 8/13 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification and 13/8 for a victory by Decision or Technical Decision.

At 31, and with his recent string of injuries, questions have inevitably been raised about his durability but Hearn is confident the punishment he has taken in sparring means his fighter will be prepared for whatever Rabchenko has to offer.

"Fighters are unique people. Of course, you get hit in sparring and Kell has been hit hard so he's felt it on his cheeks," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"This time, he's used to it and it's nothing new. He is incredibly tough and courageous to want to come back, prove people wrong and be a world champion again. People should respect that.

"He is a pressure fighter but that should suit Kell. The good news for fans is that we will see where Kell is at in his career, at 154lbs. Rabchenko is bang up for this."

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