Sheffield boxing: age is just a number for Kell’s rival

Kell Brook’s 36-year-old opponent is adamant that age will not be an issue on the night the two clash at Sheffield Arena.

Vyacheslav Senchenko aims to inflict a first-ever defeat on the 27-year-old world title hunting welterweight.



And he doesn’t see his age as an obstruction to that. The Ukranian told The Star: “I wouldn’t count on the fact I am 36 solely. If you look at the style of my fight and how I handle the fight, you will see it is not a problem. I am still at my peak and keen and itching to fight for a good title.”

Senchenko is a former WBA title-holder, eventually losing the crown to Paul Malignaggi on a cut, in April, last year.

And he says he is “doing everything” to get back to that level again.

But the respect the fighters have for each other is clearly mutual.

Senchenko said: “I can see Kell Brook is one of the strongest and most dangerous opponents that I have had.

“I would not think about him in any underestimating way, he is a very strong opponent, so I see it as a really serious fight.

“We have a slightly different style of fighting which I think is going to bring something extra to the fight.”

The pair meet at the Arena two weeks today.

Brook will be in far superior shape to Senchenko’s biggest conquest, Ricky Hatton, whom he KO’d 11 months ago.

Senchenko has fought once since then, a routine four round demolition of Argentina’s Carlos Adan Jerez in August.

Brook has had one fight in the last year, an eight-round KO of Carson Hones, at Hull in July.

Meanwhile Sheffield’s Kid Galahad appears to have had a pop at Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell on Twitter. Galahad (Barry Awad) praised his last opponent Jezza Dickens, saying McDonnell would not have risked losing unbeaten record like Dickens did.