Kell Brook is on the road to making a 'complete recovery' after he was stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife.
Having beaten Shawn Porter on 17 August to claim the IBF welterweight title, Brook's career was thrown into jeopardy following the attack in early September that required emergency surgery after he was stabbed in the left thigh.
The 28-year-old was scheduled to defend his title on 6 December in a homecoming fight in Sheffield, but those plans have been shelved until at least 2015 after the career-threatening ordeal.
"The wound looked so bad that I was worried his career would be over," Kell's promoter Eddie Hearn told The Times.
"But the doctors say the stab wound missed every major artery and he will make a complete recovery. He has been very, very lucky."
Brook's victory over Porter - a win that saw him become the first British fighter to win a world title in the United States in 28 years - lifted the Sheffield-born fighter into contention for bouts with some of the division's most esteemed names.
Brook himself talked up the possibility of a showdown with the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr but an all-British clash with long-term adversary Amir Khan in the summer of 2015 appeared close to being agreed.
However, those plans will be delayed with Hearn agreeing Brook is unlikely to fight again this year.
"He had been due to be in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather fight (a rematch with Marcos Maidana) before starting his training camp for 6 December in the US.
"But the plan now is just to get him back to full health."
Promoter Hearn indicated talks have already begun regarding a potential fight with Khan at Wembley Stadium in May 2015.
Spanish police are continuing their search for the person suspected of attacking Brook.