Undefeated welterweight Kell Brook has been pitted against Ricky Hatton conqueror Vyacheslav Senchenko in the new season as the Sheffield fighter aims for another push towards a world title shot.
The 27 year-old, who was due to challenge IBF champion Devon Alexander until injury ruled him out earlier this year, will aim to derail the Ukrainian former world champion’s recent resurgence and extend his perfect record further.
Brook’s C.V now stands at 30 straight victories after ‘The Special One’ stopped old rival Carson Jones in Hull earlier this month, with promoter Eddie Hearn pushing for his boxer’s next title chance to be on home soil.
Opponent Senchenko, 36, held the WBA title for three years until dethroned by American Paulie Malignaggi in nine rounds with a bad injury in April 2012 and has scored 22 knockouts from his 33 wins.
Senchenko’s stoppage win over fan favourite Hatton in November put him back in line for some of the more high-profile 147lb operators, with a home clash against Chris Van Heerden in the pipeline until the Brook offer came in.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has faced something of an internet backlash for announcing a ‘big name’ would be next his fighter, although arguing that a former world champion whose last victory was a TKO win over Hatton shouldn’t really be a tough case to answer.
A win for Brook would definitely put him back in with a shout against the new breed at the top of the ever-changing welterweight division, with Adrien Broner and Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman possible targets for another American venture in the future.
The chances of bringing a 147lb king to British shores at the moment looks pretty slim for Hearn, although plenty could change before Brook belatedly gets handed his coveted world title chance in the spring/summer of 2014 if victorious.
Veteran Senchenko, who has yet again risen to an away-day challenge, will obviously be looking to continue his success on UK shores and break British hearts all over again – with a defeat as this point in his career unthinkable.