Kell Brook and Vyacheslav Senchenko go head-to-head at the Motorpoint arena, Sheffield, on October 24 and Brook is intent on putting on a special performance.
This fight is classed as an IBF welterweight title eliminator with the winner in line to get a shot at belt-holder, Devon Alexander; is it me or is Brook involved in a title eliminator every other fight?
Brook is the younger of the two at 26, with Senchenko eleven years his senior. The Ukrainian is also slightly more experienced than Brook with a record of 35(23)-1-0. Brook’s record; an unbeaten one, stands at 30(20)-0-0.
Senchenko first tasted defeat in April 2012, when he lost to Brooklyn’s, Paulie Malignaggi. It was Senchenko’s first serious test in the pro ranks. He got busted up, suffered a broken nose and was pretty much outclassed over 9 rounds.
Brook is still unbeaten, but he had his toughest test in July 2012 when he met American, Carson Jones. The American gave Brook hell in the second half of the fight, after being outboxed in the first half of the contest. Brook scraped through, though; his face a bloody mess after 12 rounds. In their rematch in July, Brook showed his class, stopping Jones in 8 rounds.
Some in the boxing world believe that Senchenko is simply no good; that his title reign is one of the worst in the history of the sport. They say; “Well, if a feather-fisted Paulie Malignaggi stopped Senchenko then Brook busts him up bad!” Well, boxing doesn’t always work like that! However, a majority agree that Senchenko has a good ramrod jab, which could pose Brook a problem.
Many predict Brook to claim a late rounds stoppage victory over Senchenko. We know that Malignaggi’s style gave Senchenko fits, but will Brook’s? Brook is yet to prove he is a World class fighter, because he has not yet beaten anyone of significance to earn that status. Despite all of the above, this should give us an indication of what level Brook is actually at.
I think Brook wins this via a 9th round TKO. Senchenko’s game and tough, but Brook’s the classier operator of the two and technically sounder. He’ll pick Senchenko off throughout with pin-point accuracy and gradually break him down.