America beckons Sheffield’s Kell

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So, saving up for an American holiday next year, anybody?

The Kell Brook roadshow will be loading up and ready to roll out west after Saturday’s pulsating win over Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Kell Brook gets a kiss from his girlfriend Lindsey after defeating Ukraine's Vyacheslav Senchenko. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Kell Brook gets a kiss from his girlfriend Lindsey after defeating Ukraine's Vyacheslav Senchenko. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Victory in front of a jubilant Sheffield crowd - they back him as loudly as any boxing crowd in the country could have mustered - now means he is mandatory IBF welterweight contender for the winner of the all-American clash between Devon Alexander (champion) v Shawn Porter in Texas on November 30.

So all aboard for a piece of boxing history after this “Senchen..KO” feat watched on live TV in the States.

Brook, 27, 1/6 favourite at the bookies and even money to make it is 21st stoppage at 31 attempts, had the granite hard Ukranian down twice before the ref waved the fight off. Kell had, in football terms, won a world cup semi-final.

And the Sheffielder was quick to share his moment of success with his growing fan club.

“Sheffield crowds are awesome, they get behind me, they really get me up for the fight. I love ‘em” he said on video at

“It feels good, do you know why? he asked.

“I have had to sacrifice a lot, living away from my family. But when you get results like that it’s all worth it.

“Living next to my trainer, eating the ‘caveman’ diet, and doing as I’m told - well, we get great results as you have seen.”

Naseem Hamed had earlier claimed Brook had perhaps lacked a ruthless instinct. But that wasn’t the case.

Brook said: “Once I got the jab off, everything started to come off. When I caught him, I thought I can take him out at will, then I ended up getting caught with a shot. But you learn and I got buzzed up and came firing back. You’ve got to be able to take them as well as give them.”

Senchenko is the only man on the planet, apart from icons Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, who stopped Ricky Hatton. But he couldn’t live with Brook’s speed, probing, powerful jab and big right hand.

The visitor received a stiff warning of what was the come in the form of a right over the top in the second. But he was all at sea in the third. A right hand bloodied Senchenko’s nose before he was decked hard with a walloping right cross.

Senchenko seemingly shook it off, but was then caught by another right to the head. The sequence ended with Senchenko hurt from two nasty uppercuts.

Former world champion Senchenko, 36, beaten only one in 25 outings and from Kremenchug, a similar city to Sheffield in industrial and location terms, showed his own steel in the fourth when he hurt Brook with his right.

But his next moment of note came when Brook’s booming right hand and spiteful uppercut had him down again. He got up, wobbled on jelly-legs, and the fight was waved off.

At the end, Brook had a one-way conversation with his 31st victim. “I said he was a worthy champion and I had all the respect in the world but I didn’t think he he spoke one bit of English” smiled the Brit.

Asked if he’d rather face Alexander or Amir Khan next, he replied: “Khan has been going on so long that I think the fans would want that more and I want that more but obviously Devon...we have unfinished business that I want to take care of.

“I’ll just do the same to Devon. When I get my opportunity, I will grab it with both hands and be world champion.”

ADD this: Sheffield boxers Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins and Sam O’Maison all won KO victories on the undercard.