Kell Brook’s return from injury gains momentum with a fight scheduled with former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Brook will face the former champ in his home city of Sheffield on October 26 at the Motorpoint Arena. This fight should be a step up for Brook, who will enter the fight with an impressive 30 win undefeated record.
Kell extended his record to 30 wins last time out with a victory other previous rival Carson Jones. Jones looked very sluggish early on with Kell looking in great-touch before he eased off and allowed Jones back into the fight.
Brook came through fairly comfortably in the end but could and should have got Jones out of there a few rounds earlier than he did. Kell himself didn’t seem too impressed with his performance and will be expecting better against Senchenko.
Senchenko, aged 36, is nine years older than Brook and will go into the fight with a record of 33 wins and one loss. His one loss was to Paulie Malignaggi last year. Senchenko is well-known to British boxing fans following his victory over Ricky Hatton last year.
Hatton was making a comeback to the ring after all his troubles and just wasn't the same boxer that he was before. Really I didn’t want to see Hatton back in the ring as he was never going to be able to live up to what he had previously done following the abuse that his body had been put through.
Senchenko ended the fight with Hatton in devastating fashion with a ferocious left to the body that left Hatton writhing in pain. It was a great shot but it is debatable if the shot would have had such an effect on a man who hadn’t been out of the ring for as long as Hatton.
I expect this to be a very competitive fight with Brook looking to keep his undefeated record intact and fight for the world title next year. Brook is still number one contender for the IBF title currently held by Devon Alexander and he will be targeting that match-up some time next year.
Senchenko will see this fight as his chance to show that he is still a top level fighter and will hope that a victory will result in a chance to become a world champion again.
I expect Kell to look to dominate in this fight coming forward and looking to use all his natural boxing talent to great effect. I also expect Senchenko to be more cagey and look to counter-punch.
Kell is really going to want to put on a show and I expect to see the best of Brook and show everyone just how good he is. He hasn’t quite lived up to his potential yet and there have been a lot of excuses after recent fights but I see this as his chance to put all that behind him.
Kell is supremely talented and I see him winning via a late stoppage. I am looking forward to this fight as it will be a test and will show just where Brook stands as a top-level boxer.
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