Kell Brook faces a career at risk fight this Saturday night in Sheffield against Sergey Rabchenko. Brook the former IBF welterweight champion of the world is coming off two straight defeats albeit in elite company, Golovkin and Spence Jr, and knows another defeat in his hometown could very well signal the end of his career. So the question is does Rabchenko have a chance against Brook?
Well, Brook certainly hasn’t picked an easy fight, despite the odds saying a win is a formality. Rabchenko is a former European light middleweight champion, having taken the title off Ryan Rhodes in 2012, incidentally, Rhodes never fought again. Rabchenko has just turned 32 and has a record of 29 wins and only 2 defeats.
Rabchenko is no stranger to UK soil having boxed the likes of Bradley Price and others in regular visits to these shores. Since going 25-0 in his professional career, Rabchenko has suffered his 2 defeats in his last 6 fights, to Anthony Mundine and to Tony Harrison in an IBF title eliminator, although he has won 2 fights since against modest opposition. The Mundine fight was perhaps more of a concern for his chances against Brook, Mundine was nearly 40 at the time.
But despite the odds, you can get 10-1 if you fancy Rabchenko for the upset, Brook won’t be in for an easy night. Brook is coming off those 2 defeats, and two eye injuries which required operations, plus admitting having personal battles after the loss to Spence Jr, and of course its a new weight for the Sheffield man, so there will be a lot of pressure on Brook, he knows full well what is at stake. A defeat for Brook will signal the end of potential big fights with Amir Khan and world title fights at his new weight and as I said possibly the end of his career also.
Brook will I think will win, but I think he may well have to do it on points, but however, it happens a win is a must.