Injured champ Kell Brook is being treated by a therapist in soft tissue damage who works wonders with athletics icon Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Sheffield’s world champion boxer is making good progress under Mansfield’s Derry Suter and could be healed within two or three weeks.
Nobody is making any predictions, but if he can start sparring again shortly, it is possible that he can fight again in December, or more likely January.
Every boxer likes to have Christmas off, but Brook is used to that hardship – and will do what he has to, to defend his IBF title.
Trainer Dom Ingle said: “The muscles and tissues around the rib are inflamed, and while he is not sparring, he is hitting the bag and dropping weight.
“He is showing good signs of improvement, is not in the same pain and getting more movement back.
“The last thing anybody wants is to let his Sheffield fans down again, so we will wait and be guided by the expert advice. It is important that we get that all-clear.”
Whether or not Argentina’s Diego Chaves – his planned opponent for the October 24 title defence that had to be postponed – will be available to face the Sheffield star in December or the New Year is open to question.
If he is not, promoter Eddie Hearn will have the challenge of finding somebody who ticks all the boxes…both Brook and his growing fan base are hungry for a big name.