By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn promised a big name opponent for Kell Brook’s next fight and he’s found Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) for Brook to fight on October 26th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Brook expects his loyal British fans to fill the Motorpoint Arena to the brim with the big name that Hearn has found for him.
Brook said to Sky Sports “I really get up for it when I box in Sheffield. It’ll be packed to the rafters and they are really passionate fans so I can’t wait to be back in my Arena, in a big fight that will take me closer to a world title shot.”
It’s interesting that both Brook and his promoter Hearn see this as a big fight. I suppose if they see this as a big fight, then Brook’s fans must see this as a big fight as well. I don’t understand how Senchenko can be considered a big fight, because to me, he seems like a fighter that has an incredibly padded record filled from top to bottom with soft opposition. He stepped once and was beaten by Paulie Malignaggi.
As for the rest of Senchenko’s names on his resume, they’re all pretty much weak opponent. He did beat Ricky Hatton last year, but this was Hatton coming off of a 3 year layoff without any tune-ups whatsoever and having stripped off a ton of flab in a short period of time.
Hatton was almost asking to get beaten by taking the fight under those conditions. Hatton wanted no part of a series of tune-ups against 3rd tier opposition and he put himself in position to get beaten by facing Senchenko without easing his way back into competition.
Two weeks ago, Hearn already knew who Brook was going to be fighting in October and he said this to I Film London: “Kell Brook’s got to be in tough fights, and this is a good fight for Kell Brook.”
I wonder how long Hearn has been involved with boxing, because this is not a good fight for Brook. That is what you call a safe, record-padding fight for Brook, kind of like his other fights. I see Senchenko as a lateral move from Brook’s fight against Matthew Hatton.
I see Senchenko and Matthew Hatton at about the same level. I rate Carson Jones as better than Senchenko, and that’s why it’s so hilarious to see Hearn talking about how great this fight is. It’s not a great. It’s a mismatch. Why isn’t Hearn trying to get the guy that recently spanked Senchenko last year in Paulie Malignaggi instead of Senchenko for Brook.