By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
KELL BROOK has vowed to demolish the man who ended Ricky Hatton's hopes of a successful ring return last year. Brook meets former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena later tonight.
And the winner gets a crack at the IBF belt.
That title chance, coupled with the prospect of revenge for Hatton's defeat, has left Brook saying: "Every British fan will want me to beat him."
The winner meets the victor of next month's bout between Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter.
Brook said: "I don't need any motivation for this fight. Ricky was a hero to us all and wanted to succeed in his comeback, but Senchenko ruined all that."
A year ago the Ukrainian stunned a capacity Manchester Arena crowd with a ninth-round body blow that sent Hatton crashing.
Within minutes of the final bell Hatton said he would never climb into the ring again and now Brook wants to redress the balance.
He said: "I've a lot of respect for him but I want revenge for what he did to Ricky. I am feeling revitalised and refreshed."
Hatton will be at ringside and Brook said: "We all wanted Ricky to come out on top but it wasn't to be. Now I have the chance to do something about it.
"I have spoken to Ricky and he has told me some things that will remain personal. But I am ready to do a job on my opponent."
Brook, 27, will be fighting in front of his home city crowd and is desperate for a win.
He said: "This fight unlocks the door to the big fights for me. People question my record, even though I'm unbeaten in 30 fights."
But 36-year-old Senchenko, who has lost just one of 35 pro contests, said: "I broke Ricky's heart and I will do the same job on Kell Brook.
"It's my chance to show the win over Hatton was no kind of fluke."