Brook is touted to face Ukranian foe

Ricky Hatton was defeated by Vyacheslav Senchenko during a Welterweight bout last eyar.
Ricky Hatton was defeated by Vyacheslav Senchenko during a Welterweight bout last eyar.

The man who finished Ricky Hatton’s career is aiming to punch a hole through Kell Brook’s.

Vyacheslav Senchenko is being lined up to face the unbeaten Sheffielder in his home city in October.

The Ukranian, 36, battered Hatton last November, bouncing back from the only defeat of his carer, against Paulie Malignaggi.

Now the former WBA world champion is lining up for a 12-round test in the 147lbs welterweight division against Brook.

Philip Fondu, agent and Manager for the East European told Boxing News: “If Senchenko can handle Brook past five or six rounds he has a very good chance to win. He’s been a world champion and was only beaten by a cut and closed eye. He’s a good boxer, with very good amateur experience.” Some fans are disappointed a bigger name hasn’t been found - but Brook will feel this is a good stepping stone to launching an assault on Devon Alexander’s world title.

n Jazza Dickens is said to be Kid Galahad’s next opponent, the pair tipped to compete for the British super-bantamw title on September 14 at the Magna Centre, Rotherham. Sheffield southpaw Tom McAssey expects to be on the undercard.

n Nav Mansouri, makes the first defence of his English title on October 4 when he faces Lancashire’s Mark Thompson at Ponds Forge.

Manager Dave Coldwell says Mansouri is in no mood to surrender his prized possession.

“Nav is a fighter that we have high hopes for and he’s fast building himself a reputation as one of Britain’s most entertaining fighters. “Fans in Rotherham and Sheffield have already taken to Nav in a big way so I’m hoping that he earns a few more supporters on October 4th. This could be special.”