Kell Brook hasn’t fought since losing a second straight stoppage to Errol Spence Jr last spring, and the 31-year-old returns Saturday in his hometown of Sheffield, England, to face Sergey Rabchenko.
There’s been plenty of talk again of Brook potentially facing media rival Amir Khan later this year, now that both are with Matchroom. But Brook, who’s calling himself “The Terminator” now because he’s got titanium in his face, sounds like he’s thinking entirely about Rabchenko:
“He’s very strong. I’m coming up to this weight. He’s naturally strong and powerful, and he goes to the head and body good. He uses the ring, he’s a very clever fighter.
”It’s a very tough fight. I know I’ve done everything right, but if anyone had not done anything right at the top level, they would get beat by this guy, because this guy is no joke.”
Brook (36-2, 25 KO) is moving up to 154 pounds for this fight, and while he says he’s been comfortable in sparring, we know that in every sense, sparring isn’t the same as a fight. We’ll have to see how Brook responds to getting hit by a proper junior middleweight who can punch.
That said, he’s the favorite, and if successful, something bigger — maybe Khan — awaits later in 2018.