Kell Brook has defended trainer Dominic Ingle amid criticism of his decision to throw in the towel during his WBC and IBF middleweight title defeat by the fearsome Gennady Golovkin.
With Brook under intense pressure from the champion's latest assault, already appearing tired and his right eye cut and swollen, Ingle ended the fight to conclude a resilient performance.
The challenger was taken to hospital with a broken eye socket before being released in the early hours of Sunday morning. He is to be operated on in the coming week, before preparing for an eventual return to the ring at light-middleweight.
"I came back after the second round and said 'I can't see out of the right eye, Dominic'," Brook (30) told Sky Sports. "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 and I can fight another day. I was getting caught, and getting caught. It could have ended up seriously bad.
"As much as the loss has been gutting and upsetting, I'm excited and happy the fans have seen a great battle against a great fighter, a throwback fighter.
"I'm looking forward to getting straight back in the top boys. I've had a taste of this magnitude of fight and I want this again. I'll be back and I'll be twice as strong and twice as fast."