Kell Brook wanted to make a statement today against Vyacheslav Senchenko, and he did, stopping the Ukrainian in four rounds with an aggressive offensive attack that moved his record to 31-0 (21 KO).
Brook, 27, has had a rough year in many ways, with three dates against Devon Alexander all scrapped, leading to a return in July against Carson Jones, which he dominated, and now this fight, which he also more or less dominated. Senchenko (34-2, 23 KO) did wobble Brook a bit in the fourth round, but that was really all he accomplished in the fight. The 36-year-old veteran was put down hard in the third round, but managed to survive the frame, and then after showing signs of life in round four, was clobbered and finished off.
Brook is probably hoping to reopen the issue with Alexander next, should Alexander retain his IBF belt on November 30 against Shawn Porter as most expect that he will, but his real desire seems to be a fight with Amir Khan. That's more unlikely, as the current belief is that Khan is the frontrunner to face Floyd Mayweather on May 3.
This fight didn't exactly surprise in how it played out. Senchenko is a decent talent, but his status as a world-ranked ex-titlist is pure boxing nonsense. He never earned the title he held and never had to defend it against good opposition, and as soon as he took on even a B-level welterweight in Paulie Malignaggi, he was exposed as a true mediocrity. His worth in this fight was mostly a result of his win over Ricky Hatton last year.
On the undercard, Brian "The Lion" Rose was the recipient of a generous split decision win over Javier Maciel in a WBO junior middleweight eliminator, taking scores of 116-113 and a ridiculous 117-111, with Maciel taking a 115-113 card. It may not have been a true robbery, and it was a solid fight, but most observers seemed to feel that Maciel had done enough to win, and the 9-3 card from judge Fernando Laguna was outrageous.
Anthony Joshua moved to 2-0 (2 KO) with a second round stoppage of journeyman Paul Butlin, as well.