Kell Brook Demolishes Sergey Rabchenko in Two

Kell Brook Demolishes Sergey Rabchenko in Two

Kell Brook Demolishes Sergey Rabchenko in Two

The tributes have flooded in from all corners of the boxing community as the tragedy of Westgarth's death served as a reminder of the dangers of the sport.

The bones around both of Brook's eyes have been reinforced by titanium plates after he first fractured his right eye socket in his defeat to Golovkin and then sustained a near identical injury to the other side of his face against Spence Jr.

But he drew a line under those twin defeats in emphatic style by ending the challenge of the rugged Rabchenko within five minutes to send a warning to the top tier of 154lb fighters.

The 31-year-old meets Belarus star Rabchenko at the Sheffield Arena in his first light-middleweight fight having surrendered his IBF world welterweight title in his last bout.

It was Brook's fight fight since last May, since he relinquished his IBF welterweight strap to Spence Jr.

Going into the fight on the back of a loss is unchartered territory for Brook, but in the build-up all week he has had the air of a man for whom the confidence has returned.

Division dominance could be on offer if Brook impresses enough on Saturday at his new weight to land a date with the victor of the April unification fight for the WBA and IBO belts between Americans Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd.

"You can't jump levels in boxing, and I've ticked all the boxes coming up", said McDonnell.

"Now it's about Saturday and doing what I've been saying. I know a lot of my mates have lumped on me, so I want 10 percent". I'm ready for it. But I can not put my house on it until I have seen them both fight. Either fight would draw plenty of casual interest, but neither fighter now holds a world title belt and both would most likely require Brook to drop back down to 147 pounds, something Hearn has previously said is out of the question.

"Forget about the weight, it'd be Khan [over a title shot]".

Brook now has his sights set on becoming a two-weight world champion, something he is "absolutely" confident he can achieve.

But there was no such injury drama on Saturday night, as "The Special One" returned to the win column in his native Steel City and claimed the 26th knockout of his career without breaking a sweat.

"Even as a teenager, I wanted to move up the weights and win belts", Brook told the BBC. To see all these people turn out, get myself in shape, my life could not be any better now and I've not hurt my hand or anything, so I'll get back in the gym.

Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) could not afford another defeat after being stopped by American Errol Spence and Kazakhstan's Gennady Golovkin in his previous two fights.

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