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Summary

  1. Kell Brook knocks out Sergey Rabchenko in second round at Sheffield Arena
  2. Brook's first fight at light-middleweight at Sheffield Arena
  3. Brook had lost to Golovkin and Spence Jr in previous fights
  4. Ex-welterweight world champion back after second eye-socket surgery
  5. Brook: 37 wins 2 losses; Rabchenko: 29 wins 3 losses
  6. Get involved using #bbcboxing

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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And that's it from us on a very comfortable evening for Kell Brook.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday night. See you later!

Wilder v Ortiz (Sunday morning)

Before we go, let's once again remind you that Deontay Wilder meets Luis Ortiz overnight. There'll be a full fight report on BBC Sport in the morning.

It's only right we let Deontay send a message before we sign off...

Are you ready? Wilder's warning to heavyweights

Deontay's surprise

Wilder v Ortiz (Sunday morning)

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Deontay Wilder meets Luis Ortiz in Brooklyn in a few hours in a bout which will have a big impact on where the heavyweight division goes in the months to come.

A win for the Bronze Bomber would keep his stock high and bring that Anthony Joshua fight closer. Defeat and well, let's not even go there as suddenly the narrative would spin more wildly than a Wilder right hook.

Anyway, when we went to speak to him this week, Deontay had a surprise in store for reporter Ade Adedoyin. Click play above. If you're using the app, you may need to click the link.

Meanwhile, Josh Taylor gets the job done almost as quickly as Kell Brook at the Hydro in Glasgow.

The Scot defended his WBC silver super lightweight belt by stopping Winston Campos in round three.

'He will be a two-weight world champion'

Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking to Sky Sports: "Kell Brook was in a terrible place at the end of last year and the people and support of Sheffield has brought him back. That was a great performance. Everything was on the line tonight, his career was a line.

"This guy is one of the biggest talents in boxing, he always has been. Kell Brook is coming for a second world title and I believe he will be a two-weight world champion in 2018."

Amir Khan-Brook fight? "Amir Khan-Kell Brook is the fight we have wanted for years. Kell Brook has passed the test, Amir has to pass the test on April 21.

"It is the fight everyone wants to see."

'I am here to stay'

Kell Brook, speaking to Sky Sports: "You thought you had got rid of me. I am the Terminator and I am back now. I am here to stay. I love the sport.

"To see all these people come out here, my life could not be any better right now.

"It was all about getting my timing right. I felt very comfortable. I felt relaxed, I felt strong and I felt stable. The weight was good.

"It was like my first fight tonight after having them losses I needed to get back to winning ways. I am back at it."

Can you be a two-weight world champion? "Absolutely. Of course I can."

That is a very professional performance by Kell Brook. He sized up his opponent, gained confidence from a few wild punches thrown by Sergey Rabchenko and then went all in for an explosive finish.

Let's hear from the man himself...

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Jack Granard: Damn absolutely brutal, Kell looked so comfortable out there. I think Amir Khan is fantastic but can’t see him surviving that KO power. Rabchenko is not at his level and Amir won’t stay in the pocket like that though.

Joshua Murphy: Everyone getting ahead of themselves.. Brook just beat an old sparring partner who never even threw a punch! Wait till he faces a Hurd or a Charlo.. he will get stopped

BreakingBrook wins!

That's it!

It's over. Sergey Rabchenko isn't getting up from that and Kell Brook wins it in round two.

Just the performance he'll have been hoping for.

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Round two

Smart uppercoat by Kell Brook catches Sergey Rabchenko before a left hander sends him to the ground!

Round two

And round two is under way.

Round one

Couple of wild hooks by Sergey Rabchenko early doors. Kell Brook produces a couple of little jabs, finding his range, before a straight left hand down the middle finds the target. He gets more and more comfortable as the round goes on and it's a positive start by Brook.

Encouraging applause from the home fans.

Round one

Aggressive start by Sergey Rabchenko. Kell Brook playing it cool, sizing up his opponent.

Round one

DIng ding!

Away we go.

Lots of questions for Kell Brook tonight, questions deep down even he probably won't know the answers to. He certainly looks like he's got a point to prove as his name is announced to the sound of loud cheers.

Let's get cracking.

Tale of the tape...

Brook v Rabchenko

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Kell Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle made a great comment about this bout this week.

"Rabchenko is a tough kid with only two losses on his record. He's one of those kids you won't get a lot of credit for beating him but it will take a hell of a lot to beat him."

Tonight feels like a little bit of a thankless task for 'Special K'. No major title on the line, doubters to silence given his surgeries and then a tough dude from Eastern Europe rocks up with little to lose.

Brook is an inch taller but there's no huge size advantage. He's always been quick and strong in the clinch. In this new weight division, he should be even stronger in those moments. We will soon find out...

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Andrew Priestley: Tonight is last chance saloon for Kell Brook if he wants to rebuild towards another world title shot.

And here comes the main main. Kell Brook walks out alongside promoter Eddie Hearn.

It's almost show time.

Those boos turn to cheers as Kell Brook appears on the television screens, ready to enter the ring.

It's time!

The camera cuts to MC Bret Hollywood, who first announces Sergey Rabchenko. Boos ring out around the arena but he's blocking them out. Focused on the task at hand.

'Train like a dog, fight like a lion'

Brook v Rabchenko

Charlo
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Should Kell Brook succeed tonight, talk will turn to him seeking a world title shot or a bout with long-term rival Amir Khan.

Should the title shot be the route, one option would be to face undefeated American Jermell Charlo, who holds the WBC belt.

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Charlo tweeted Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn on Friday to state Brook could be an option for him in September, though his "I call the shots" shout sounds like a robust negotiation stance to say the least.

"I know how to beat him already," Charlo told Sky Sports. "I am one of the hardest-hitting light-middleweights they've had for centuries.

"I am a dog in the sport. I train like a dog and I eat and fight like a lion and if Kell Brook thinks he's got what it takes, put his money up, tell his people to come over here, jump on a private jet... I'll even let him train in my gym, so we can make a fight in my hometown.

"I am the champ, so I don't expect to have to go over there."

Uncle punches and world titles...

Tonight is a big night...

List of fights
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As our friends at KO Kings point out, tonight and during the early hours the sport of boxing will be busy across the globe.

Josh Taylor meets Winston Campos at the Hydro in Glasgow tonight, while over in the US Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight world title, while Sergey Kovalev defends his WBO world light-heavyweight title against Igor Mikhalkin at Madison Square Garden.

On the same card at the Garden, Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA world light-heavyweight title.

Oh and that Andre Dirrell fight at the bottom of the list packs some beef. You may remember when the pair faced off in May, Dirrell's uncle threw a punch which landed on the chin of Jose Uzcategui. ESPN's Dan Rafael captured that moment nicely.

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Can Brook show his level?

Brook v Rabchenko

Brook and Rabchenko
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Sergey Rabchenko likes the United Kingdom. He's fought here seven times and won seven times.

Notably, he came to the UK in 2012 and beat Ryan Rhodes, a man who trained at the same gym as Brook in Sheffield.

So the Ingle Gym will know plenty about the latest man sent to topple their great name.

Rabchenko has just two defeats from 21 fights and he's scored knockouts in 22 of his 29 wins.

Looking through his record, he's achieved European tile status in the past. Brook as we know has held a world title as recently as last year. So will we see him showcase that extra level?

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Brazenly Brian: No way am missing this!! Tons of coffee right now.

Jamie Garnett: Here we go... come on Kell show the world you've still got it!

What questions?

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So what are the questions Eddie Hearn references?

Kell Brook has started calling himself the "terminator" given he now has a metal insert fixed into each of his eye sockets. The damage done by Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr in his last two bouts was telling, as each man did damage to an eye apiece.

So the question is - can Brook forget the issue in the heat of battle? Countless fighters have broken a jaw in the past and never been the same again as somewhere in the depths of their mind, they become tentative.

Could Brook go the same way? At this level, there's simply no room to be tentative. Give an inch and you'll be clobbered a mile.

If Brook answers the doubters, both he and Hearn can look forward to a world title pursuit or a big money fixture with Amir Khan.

McDonnell takes it

McDonnell v Yafai

This fight has gone the distance but the judges are all in agreement - 116-112, 116-112 and 117-113 in Gavin McDonnell's favour as he takes the WBC international super-bantamweight title.

Gamal Yafai put up a strong fight but McDonnell's experience told in the end.

McDonnell ready to show experience...

McDonnell v Yafai

McDonnell and Yafai
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Both Gavin McDonnell (right) and Gamal Yafai know they are on the key stepping stone to a world title shot tonight, when they make up the main fight on the undercard.

McDonnell - who lost his first shot at a world crown last year against the excellent Rey Vargas - believes he can earn another crack.

"I've been there, done it, and I know I'm capable of mixing it at world level and that's what I take the confidence out of knowing I'm a level above Gamal," said the Doncaster man.

McDonnell has been a pro for eight years, losing once from 21 fights, while Yafai has been elevated quickly, with 14 wins from 14 in his four years as a pro.

This fight is just entering the final stages...

'People are right to doubt me'

Brook v Rabchenko

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It seems not so long ago that Kell Brook went to the US and out-pointed Shawn Porter to land the IBF welterweight world title. That was a complete display, mixing evasive movement with brutal brawling when needed.

After such an away win, not to mention wins over the likes of Carson Jones in the years prior, it sums up boxing's brutal truth that a couple of defeats will see questions asked of you.

How quickly we forget eh? Yet Brook arrives here tonight knowing back-to-back defeats, added to serious eye injuries, have led people to seriously doubt him.

"People are right to question what I've got left and how I am going to be after the injuries and defeats," Brook said this week.

"I know that I've got a lot left in me. I believe I am going to be the same fighter, I'll be better with the bigger weight which will bring the best out of me.

"The eye has healed very well. It's held up in sparring and I don't think about the eye injuries at all. I wouldn't be boxing if I wasn't given the all-clear by the doctors, I wouldn't put my family or myself through that."

Hello! It's Saturday night a.k.a fight night!

The action is already well under way in Sheffield with the last fight on the undercard - Gamal Yafai vs Gavin McDonnell - currently taking place.

The ring walk for the main event is due at 10:15 GMT so settle in for what will hopefully be something of a cracker.

A point to prove

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The last time Kell Brook entered the ring he suffered defeat, losing the IBF world welterweight title to Errol Spence Jr and also fracturing his eye in the process.

Tonight, almost a year later, he steps back in the ring again in his hometown of Sheffield. The surroundings may be familiar but the weight category will not be as he makes his debut at light-middleweight against Sergey Rabchenko.

So will the change in weight prove to be a good move?