By James Slater
Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook had an open workout in his native Sheffield Wednesday, training in front of enthusiastic fans at a big shopping mall. Brook said afterwards that he is “counting down the days” to his October 26th bout with Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko and that he is relishing the idea of the Ricky Hatton conqueror giving him a stern test. Brook, 30-0(20) said he aims to avenge the 9th-round KO Senchenko scored over Hatton last November.
“I’m feeling great. It really gets me up when I come to Meadowhall, seeing all the fans come out,” Brook said to Sky Sports. “Training’s gone really well and I’m ready. I’ve a lot of respect for Senchenko, he’s a proven champion and ex-world champion. He’s come over here and he’s got a point to prove like he had last time with Ricky Hatton. I now want to get revenge for the fans and also for myself. I want to go out there and show why I’m talked about at the elite level.”
Brook also told Sky Sports how he will have his eye on the upcoming Devon Alexander-Shawn Porter IBF welterweight title clash.
“I’ll have that in my sights but first I’ve got October 26th on my mind and Senchenko,” Brook said. “A year has come round since the injury (to his foot, one that put paid to Brook’s shot against Alexander last year), my mandatory has come back round and, whoever wins out of Devon and Porter, I’m next in line.”
Meanwhile, Senchenko victim Hatton has warned Brook the 34-1(23) Ukrainian is tougher than he looks. Despite this, “The Hitman” picks his countryman to get the win a week on Saturday.