After months of uncertainty, former 147lbs world titlist, Kell Brook, has a comeback date. Brook, 31, has been sidelined from boxing ever since he lost his Welterweight title to the hotly tipped American, Errol Spence Jr, back in May at Bramall Lane.
The strong rumours regarding Brook moving up in weight have also been confirmed. Matchroom ‘head honcho’, Eddie Hearn, tweeted out earlier today that ‘Special K’s’ maiden opponent at 154lbs is too be Belarusian, Siarhei Rabchenko, at the Eydsa Arena in Sheffield on 3rd March.
With a record of 29-2 (22 KO’s), Rabchenko can be considered as a solid opponent for a comeback bout. Perhaps a slight disappointment compared to the surprising rumours of Brook vs Sam Eggington which circulated social media in the past week, and a far cry away from the prolific Carson Jones trilogy that everybody secretly had been yearning.
A former European champion, with the only defeats of his career coming to former world title challenger, Tony Harrison, and Anthony Mundine of Australia, Rabchenko will be a real acid test for Brook at Super Welterweight. The Sheffield man has found himself in unfamiliar waters in the past year. Back to back defeats to GGG and Spence Jr, coupled with back to back eye socket fractures, have lead to tough times for the Ingle trained fighter.
Currently in Canada, supporting stablemate Billy Joe Saunders in his Middleweight title defence against David Lemiuex, Brook will be expected to return home before Christmas, ready to begin full training camp. The bogey word ‘retirement’ had been banded around following his nightmare injury run, and I think I can speak for everyone in welcoming Kell Brook’s decision to fight on.
Liam Smith is waiting on an imminent world title shot at the new WBO king, Sadam Ali; a fight with Brook at some point down the line would be of great interest, particularly on UK shores. Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo and Jarrett Hurd hold the other pieces of the 154lbs crown, and pose interesting challenges to the new man at Super Welter. The possibility of a fight with Amir Khan always remains, but we will let him get back from ‘The Jungle’ first before we talk about that anymore…
Written by Thomas Humber