Former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko will fight Argentinian Carlos Jerez over ten rounds on Saturday night as the Ukrainian readies himself for a tough test against Kell Brook later in the year.
The 36 year-old, who ended Ricky Hatton’s career last time out in November, will be looking to impress against the experienced Jerez, 34, in preparation for his return trip to the UK in Sheffield on October 26.
Senchenko held the world title between 2009 and 2012 before losing out to the enigmatic Paulie Malignaggi at his favoured Donbass Arena in Donestsk and makes his first return to the venue since that ninth round stoppage defeat.
The rangy contender will then move on to face Brook in a bid to end the perfect 30-fight record currently possessed by ‘The Special One’ and would certainly be in line for another chance at a world title if Senchenko can break British hearts for a second time.
Brook, 27, recently missed out on a shot at IBF title holder Devon Alexander after suffering an injury in the build-up to their scheduled clash and heads into the fight with Senchenko on the back of an impressive stoppage win over Carson Jones.
Also appearing on this weekend’s bill will be former European featherweight champion Oleg Yefimovych, interim WBA super-middleweight king Stan Kashtanov and light-heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh.