Kell plans to school Ukranian hard man

Brook and Senchenko, with promoter Eddie Hearn
Brook and Senchenko, with promoter Eddie Hearn

It was a run-of-the-mill pre-fight publicity picture as Vyacheslav Senchenko raised his left fist for the cameras.

But the rock hard Ukrainian sees that mitt differently to the rest of us.

It was that very hand that once flashed mercilessly into Ricky Hatton’s side, ending his career. It maybe that experience that led to Senchenko appearing so relaxed at the press conference in Sheffield yesterday to herald his scrap with our own Kell Brook.

The away fighter was smiling, relaxed and happy to shake hands with his rival. For his part the pride of Sheffield was steely and focused on the task of avenging Hatton’s loss and becoming mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title, held by Devon Alexander.

Brook was in single-minded mood. “I liked the documentary on Sky saying I was the last of the old school,” he said. “I’m going to prove why they call me the Special One. The last time Senchenko came over here he left a happy man, but I can assure you this time he will go home a sad man. After the first round he’ll realise he’s with a completely different animal to anybody he has beaten before.

“I know he means business. But on Saturday I’ll let my fists do the talking.”

Provisional Sheffield Arena order: Lightweight Scott Jenkins (Sheffield) v Antonio Rodriguez (Spain.) Bantam: Kal Yafai (Birmingham) v Abigail Medina (Spain) WBC International Super-Middle Championship: Callum Smith (Liverpool) v Ruben Acosta (Argentina.) Lightweight Sam O’Maison (Sheffield) v Ashley Mayall (Oldham) Super-Feather: Jordan Gill (Cambridge) v Arron Flinn (Coventry) IBF Youth Light-Middle Championship Adam Etches (Sheffield) v Alexandre Mendes (Brazil) Eliminator WBO World Light-Middle Championship Brian Rose (Blackpool) v Javier Maciel (Argentina) Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (London) v Paul Butlin (Melton Mowbray) IBF World Welter Eliminator Brook v Senchenko.