Two former world champions are urging Sheffield’s Kell Brook to intelligently box opponent Vyacheslav Senchenko - rather than take him on in a toe-to-toe slugging match.
Brook, who looked muscular and near the welterweight weight limit at a public work-out at Meadowhall yesterday, takes on the Ukranian at the Arena a week tomorrow. Senchenko ended Ricky Hatton’s career and the Mancunian warned: ““Senchenko’s a lot tougher than he looks. “He’s a tall boxer-type but he’s not a skilful boxer. Kell is a really good boxer and Paulie Malignaggi showed that Vyacheslav can be out boxed; so if Kell chooses to box him rather than go to war with him like I did, and picks his moments when to put it to him, I think he will do the business.”
Johnny Nelson endorsed that view. “Ricky said not to get involved in a tear-up or a war” he said on Sky Sports News. “You’ll beat him if you box him. Kell has got to be discipline enough to use his ability to break the man down and then take him out. Don’t get involved in a tear up.”
Nelson acknowledged that Brook’s career “kind of staggered a little bit in the last 12 months to two years, but now he has got to pick that up again to get consistency and then we’ll start to see the best of him.”
Nelson said Brook had to be both physically perfect and mentally confident as he heads towards a world title shot in February - as long as he beats Senchenko. Brook’s opponent in the New Year, should he win, will be the winner of the Devon Alexander (the IBF welterweight title holder) v Shawn Porter contest in Texas on November 30.
Brook, though, is too wise to overlook Senchenko.
The Sheffielder, who remarked that his visit to Meadowhall had inspired him, proclaimed himself ready for the task in hand. “I cannot wait, I am counting the days down now. I have got a lot of respect for Senchenko, he’s a proven champion who has got a point to prove over here like the last time he came over. I want to go out there and show why I am talked about at the elite level.”
Brook added: “I have been on a caveman diet, if I don’t go out and catch it I don’t eat! That’s why I am shredded like I am. I am ready”