Brook makes emphatic return with Rabchenko knockout

Brook makes emphatic return with Rabchenko knockout

There were ominous signs for Rabchenko as he simply could not cope with the speed and agility of Brook, who would complete a swift comeback victory in the next round.

But as with many of his fellow fighters, the risk to their lives is part of the day job, something known beforehand and taken in their stride.

"I've never been satisfied winning one world title".

Rabchenko, who was in his third fight since being stopped by Detroit's Tony Harrison in July 2016, was floored and counted out after Brook landed a right hook to the temple in the second round. I'll be fresher at super-welterweight and I won't be drained like I was at 147lbs'.

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.

"It is the fight everyone wants to see". It was all about getting timing right, and I was getting it right and I knew I buckled him. We are both promoted by the same man [Eddie Hearn] so why can't we make that fight happen now? "The feeling I get from going out there, hearing "All of the Lights" and doing my thing in front of all of the fans, it's unbelievable for me, that's my drug and I can't wait to get back in there".

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He worked out on the defensive line, at linebacker and at safety during the Senior Bowl in January. It didn't stop him from being named the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.

Brook, who was fighting for the first time at light-middleweight, demolished Rabchenko in two rounds in Sheffield on Saturday night. "I'm switched on. All the boxes are ticked", he said yesterday at the public weigh-in when he tipped the scales at 10st 13lbs 7oz - three ounces heavier than opponent Rabchenko. "We'll leave that alone and we'll fight on Saturday".

"Kell [Brook] is coming for a second world title and I believe he will be a two-weight world champion in 2018".

"Disappointing after all the work I put in, sparring Deontay Wilder, we have to do it again", said Thomas.

Galahad, whose real name is Abdul Barry Awad, is hoping to land a world title fight this year against either Lee Selby or Josh Warrington.

After he was pulled out by his corner in the fifth round when he suffered a fractured eye socket, all thoughts turned towards his next fight, back at his natural weight class and at the stadium of his beloved Sheffield United.

Looking composed and healthy at 154lbs, Brook stopped opponent Sergey Rabchenko in the second round of their main event clash and left the ring without a mark on him.

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