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Brook ready for war with Senchenko

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Kell Brook stated he is fully prepared for a war against Vyacheslav Senchenko in their IBF welterweight world title eliminator on Saturday night.

The duo, who go toe-to-toe in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, both weighed in an ounce under the 147lbs limit on Friday, with Senchenko coming in slightly heavier.

Unbeaten Brook has had his fair share of problems throughout the year; his world title fight with IBF champion Devon Alexander was postponed three times - twice due to an ankle injury on his part and once after the American suffered a bicep injury.

However, a clearly reinvigorated Brook ensured he would go for the knockout blow on Senchenko, who famously ended Ricky Hatton's comeback from retirement in 2012.

"I can tell that he [Senchenko] wants it, I know that I'm in for a tough fight," Brook told Sky Sports. "I know that he's trained and he's ready for it.

"I'm just happy with how I've prepared, I'm ready for war. Obviously after the injury, the setback, it made me look at myself. It's reignited myself, it's given me the drive.

"He's tall, he uses his range well. He's been there, he's got the t-shirt, he's been a champion and boxed at that level, so I expect him to box out of his skin. He's a great champion so he's going to give it his all.

"I've definitely got to go for a knockout. I've trained hard for it. I've got myself in great condition and you could see today on the scales I'm ready for whatever needs to be done.

"He's taller than me so he's going to get chopped down like a tree baby, I'm coming for him."

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua and Paul Butlin successfully weighed in ahead of their heavyweight bout, which features on the undercard of Brook and Senchenko.

Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Joshua is competing in his second fight as a professional after knocking out the previously unbeaten Emanuele Leo on his pro debut earlier in October.

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