Brook Demolishes Senchenko, Anthony Joshua Impressive and Win for Rose
By Peter Wells
On a night when a career best performance was required, Kell Brook delivered, twice dropping and eventually stopping Vyacheslav Senchenko in the 4th round in an IBF final eliminator. Brook took the experienced Senchenko apart, the power in his right hand seemingly un-takeable for the former WBA Welterweight champion.
In a tentative opener, both fighters didn’t land anything of any significance but in the 2nd Brook began to land with significant shots, especially the right hand. Senchenko was working well behind the jab but could not match the speed of Brook. In the third Senchenko felt the full force of Brook’s punches when he was caught flush and sent to the canvas.
Brook looked likely to stop the Ukrainian right there and then but Senchenko survived the round but the blueprint had been set. The 4th round was as exciting as it gets as Senchenko was hurt early and while Kell remained patient his guard slipped just a little bit and he was forced to pay when Senchenko wobbled the Sheffield fighter. Just when it seemed the momentum was beginning to change hands, Kell came up with a leveller, dropping Senchenko for a second time. This time the underdog rose on unsteady legs and looked extremely uninterested in carrying on. The referee rightly waved off the contest handing Brook yet another chance to fight for Devon Alexander’s IBF Welterweight title.
After three cancellations Kell will be hoping that this time the fight will go ahead, but there is little chance of denying that beating Devon Alexander will be no easy job. Alexander possesses amazing speed of both hand and foot and has suffered defeat only once, at the hands of Timothy Bradley. With the win Brook moves to 31-0(21) while Senchenko drops to a still impressive 34-2(23), both defeats have come inside the scheduled distance.
On the undercard Brian Rose sneaked a spilt decision against tough but defensively limited Javier Francisco Maciel. Rose boxed well throughout the fight but having suffered a nasty cut on the bridge of his nose he lacked the power to keep the Argentinian off of him for the full 12 rounds. It was generally a case of whichever boxing style takes your fancy, as there were very few rounds with clear winners. The winner Rose will now be in line to take on the winner of the upcoming WBO Light Middleweight title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Vanes Martirosyan. Rose is now 25-1-1(7) while Maciel drops to 27-3(20).
Young stars Anthony Joshua, Adam Etches and Callum Smith all won via stoppage. Joshua destroyed the durable Paul Butlin who had taken Chisora the distance, in two rounds. Etches showed immaturity when he stopped fighting twice before the referee halted the contest, but ultimately beat Alexandre Mendes in one round. Finally Smith continued to shine stopping Ruben Eduardo Acosta in 6 rounds, a cruel body shot ending the contest. With the respective victories and defeats, Joshua is now 2-0(2), Etches 13-0(11), Smith 9-0(7) while Butlin drops to 14-20(3), Mendes 10-1(9) and Acosta 27-9-5(10).
Entertainer of the night went to Antonio Rodriguez who reacted to an early stoppage by performing several summersaults and acrobatics to show the referee he still had all his senses intact. An impressive display indeed.
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