By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
KELL BROOK has been to hell and back in recent months.
But insists he has the mental strength to put in the performance of his career in his first world title defence.
The Sheffield welterweight star takes on Romanian-born Jo Jo Dan at the city's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night.
Brook, 28, will make the first defence of the IBF belt he wrenched from American Shawn Porter in California last August - but it has been a long road back to the ring since that night.
He was stabbed with a machete in a random attack while on holiday in Tenerife soon after and feared his life was on the line as blood gushed from his leg.
The undefeated fighter battled back to fitness and was back smiling again when partner Lindsey Myers gave birth to their second daughter even if his training meant missing out on being a doting dad.
Then tragedy struck when Brook's uncle passed away during this training camp and the Sheffield scrapper was forced to miss the funeral.
He said: "This has been the hardest training camp with what I've had to go through. But we are here now.
"I've had to come through having my second daughter, stopping away from the family home during that time, then my uncle passing away suddenly.
"There was all the other things that happen in training camps - little niggles here and there that fighters don't talk about, but the fact is it has been and gone.
"Apart from that it has gone well. I'm just a mentally strong guy and when it comes down to it on Saturday night you will see it has not touched me in any way.
"In this fight you're going to see if my leg holds up, you're going to see if it has mentally hurt or destroyed me. Tune in and you will find out."