Sheffield’s ‘Special One’ Kell Brook reaffirmed his status as number one contender to Devon Alexander’s IBF Welterweight title with a ruthless performance against Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Brook, thrice denied a fight with the American through injuries, knocked the Ukrainian down in rounds three and four to force the stoppage, with referee Shada Murdaugh waving the action to a halt three seconds before the end of the fourth.
As mandatory challenger, Brook is now first in line to fight the winner of Alexander - Shawn Porter, a bout which will now take place on the Paulie Malignaggi - Zab Judah undercard on December 7.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the fight, Brook insisted he is ready for the top: “I've just stopped a world-class fighter - nobody is going to stop me. I want the best out there, so bring whoever you want to bring on. I'm ready."
The man from Sheffield dominated from the opening bell. Taking the centre ring, Brook snuck his jab through the visitor’s defences, who struggled to score with anything of note. Roared on by a passionate home crowd, he easily took the first two rounds and looked in the ascendancy.
He then started to land the first hurtful blows in the third as the Ukrainian backed off, feeling the power a much more toned and conditioned Brook. Following a hook to the head which rattle his senses, Senchenko went down after another stiff right connected. Though rising at eight, he was clearly in trouble and rode the storm until the bell.
An entertaining fourth swung one way then the other, but predictably ended in a stoppage for the Brit.
Brook looked like cutting the round short inside the first minute. With Senchenko still stunned after the previous knockdown, the Sheffield man stalked him around the ring, patiently waiting for gaps in the defence. However, a hard right stiffened Brook’s legs, suddenly forced to cover up himself as the opposition corner waved him forwards.
Normal service resumed shortly after. Moving off the ropes, the superior boxer began to regain control before the Ukranian lunged forward and copped a right to send him crashing back to the canvas. Despite rising once again, Senchenko looked unsteady and unable to carry on, a view shared by referee Murdaugh who called an end to proceedings.
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