The winner of this weekend’s super-welterweight clash between Kell Brook and Sergey Rabchenko will become the new WBC Silver champion, it has been confirmed.
Matchroom Boxing revealed the news on Monday, with Brook or Rabchenko moving one step closer to a shot at current ruler Jermell Charlo.
Brook fights for the first time at 154 pounds on the back of defeats at 160 and 147 recently, whilst Rabchenko has suffered setbacks in two of his last six contests.
Walking away with the Silver strap would be a timely boost for Brook, who could even be put forward for the vacant green and gold championship should Charlo follow his brother up to the middleweight limit.
Charlo faces an opponent to be named in June for what is expected to be a final defense of his title before joining Jermall at the higher weight class.
Jermall headed up those six pounds on the back of an IBF reign lasting just over a year and is already positioned as the number one contender to Gennady Golovkin at his new weight.
The 27 year-old Texan can pick up the interim championship against Hugo Centeno in a delayed encounter on April 21 before Jermell potentially follows suit as the pair chase becoming two-weight rulers respectively.
That would leave Brook or Rabchenko handily placed to be pitted against Vanes Martirosyan or Julian Williams for any title left behind by Charlo.