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Kell Brook believes he is now ready for a world title shot after his stylish fourth round victory over Vyacheslav Senchenko on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old maintained his unbeaten record in the professional ranks, as he hit the Ukrainian with a superb right hand to knock him down and send the home fans in Sheffield into raptures.
It was the first time Brook has returned to the Motorpoint Arena since setting up a dream world title shot at Devon Alexander, following a victory over Hector Saldivia last year.
That fight never took place though due to injuries to both fighters but the welterweight’s victory in the IBF title elimination fight over Senchenko means he now has a mandatory bout with Alexander to look forward.
The battle with the Ukrainian was expected to be a much tougher affair, as the man from Kremenchuk is one of the fighters who defeated Ricky Hatton during the Hitman’s final days in the ring.
Brook admits part of his motivation before Saturday’s meeting was to get revenge for Hatton but he is now focused on his own future and believes he has proved he is ready to take a shot at winning the world title.
“I made a statement tonight,” Brook told Sky Sports. “He [Senchenko] is tougher than he looks but I outboxed him. When I hurt him I knew I could take my time.
“I proved I can compete with the best and nothing is going to stop me [becoming world champion]. I’m ready. I’m glad to have got revenge for Ricky [Hatton, who lost to Senchenko].”