Kell Brook proved last night that he is now a top rank draw after convincingly beating the bookies favourite Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in front of a complete sell out crowd and live on Sky Sports last night.
Senchenko was the odd’s on favourite after his victory against a tired Ricky Hatton but there was obviously some chink in his armour as Paulie Mallinaggi showed when he took apart Senchenko in his own back yard only last year. This was a huge fight for the Sheffield based fighter as this was the chance he has waited for a long time to arrive, and finally his opportunity was there for him to take.
The bell sounded and Brook showed his intent of fast speed and combination body shots which at first Senchenko shook off and just stood his ground. Brook looked totally un phased and continued with his plan A to the obvious delight of his corner at the end of round 1 as there man had clearly won the opener on work rate alone. The second round started with Senchenko trying to counter the young British fighter at every opportunity, but failed on most attempts to properly connect with Brook. It was at the end of this round you could tell that Senchenko had doubts of what he was facing as he staggered back to the corner with a nervous look on his face. Round 3 started with Brook coming right at his opponent with flurries to the head and body of Senchenko who then connected with a big right hand punch which sent him down to the canvas and it was only a matter of time before Brook would do just the same again. Senchenko got to his feet quickly, but looked somewhat dazed after receiving the knock down. His balance had become greatly affected to of what could of been an injury to his ear, which would of had huge implications of his ability to stand and trade punches with someone as quick as Brook. As the bell sounded for round 4 the crowd at the Motorpoint Arena were on their feet as it was likely going to be the last round of the fight. Senchenko got off his stool as his feet looked awkward and he was pressing against his ear. Brook flew at his opponent only to be connected himself with a huge over hand punch from Senchenko, which rocked Brook, who knew he had to put his man down as quickly as possible, as Senchenko was still a dangerous man even when this badly hurt. Brook quickly settled back down with his jab which had worked so well for him all night and he then connected a vicious shot which sent Senchenko down for the second time of the fight. The American referee had no choice but to call the fight off and the arena celebrated this huge victory for the local hero. So what is next for Brook? He has been promised a shot at the IBF Welterweight Title when the decider for the belt takes place next month. Personally I would like for Eddie Hearn to put together a Brook V Amir Khan British super fight. This would be such a huge event which is bound to get a full house, with the added possibility of a PPV event (Not that I’m wanting to pay anymore that I do already to watch Boxing) but it will be a spectacular event with guaranteed money on the table. Whatever happens, Brook showed pure class and can have the chance to really step up and take on some of the world’s top ranked fighters. It was a shame about Devon Alexander cancellations this year, but i’m sure 2014 could be a defining year for the young British fighter.
On the main undercard Anthony Joshua was in the ring for the second time in 2 weeks after his empathic win in spectacular fashion against the unbeaten Emanuele Leo , which showed that the British Heavyweight scene might just have a genuine future heavyweight champion, who under the guidance of Eddie Hearn is poised for possible greatness. Joshua was fighting Paul Butlin, a fighter who could be said to be a seasoned pro, and had gone the distance twice with Dellboy Chisora in years gone by, so this could of been a test for Joshua. It was however clear when the announcements were being made that this maybe a quick nights work for Joshua just when you saw the conditioning of both fighters. Joshua came out in extremely confident style with his combinations flowing beautifully with Butlin having nothing to give in return to much affect. Joshua was confident from the opening bell and he kept his cool in front of the sell out crowd in Sheffield. Butlin survived the first round and was game to survive the onslaught he had received in the first 3 minutes. In the second Joshua came out and didn’t allow Butlin any room to move and closed him down at every opportunity and threw a combination which landed with precision and with an element of boxing class as the final blow of the night caused a nasty cut to the eye of Butlin and the fight was called off to no surprise.
I am not getting carried away with all the hype, but let’s just please remember the absolute charade of our last Olympic heavyweight gold medallist Mr A force Harrison. Joshua has an element of class to his work, he is extremely mature for his young age, and he is dealing with the professional game as if he is already a pro contender. His next outing is on Thursday November 14th at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in what promises to be a great night of Heavyweight Prizefighter as the USA & UK clash with the American team being lead by James Toney. It will certainly be another sell out event for sure.
There is possibly a very bright future for Anthony Joshua, as long as he remains focused, takes on board the advise & guidance that Eddie Hearn will give him as he rises through the ranks. Personally, I’m really looking forward to this journey…..