Fight night flutters
Sky Bet identify where the money's going and where it should be going ahead of Brook v Senchenko
By Jamie Casey - Twitter: @skyjamiecasey. Last Updated: 27/10/13 6:42am
Kell Brook: The Bookies' favourite but Senchenko is attracting more backing
Kell Brook continues his quest for a world title shot as he bids to eliminate Vyacheslav Senchenko from the equation at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena.
The home fighter is the favourite but his Ukrainian opponent is not to be taken lightly and counts Ricky Hatton among his 34 victims, his most notable victory.
Senchenko would not have taken on this fight unless he was convinced of winning, with the victor in line to become mandatory contender for the IBF welterweight belt, and the 36-year-old has taken almost twice as many bets as his opponent.
Although not the huge name fans will have wanted Brook to test himself against, Senchenko, a former world champion, is likely to prove a tougher opponent than his last, Carson Jones.
Jones failed to deliver in their re-match earlier this year after narrowly losing out to Brook via a majority decision in 2012, but Senchenko will not be bullied in the way the American was in July, with the home fighter 12/1 to force another eighth round stoppage.
Brook can expect a lot more coming back at him from Senchenko than Jones threw second time around, but he can use his superior footwork and speed to land and avoid getting tagged with the counter.
At the very least Senchenko will give him a tough work-out, although he is capable of hurting the 27-year-old late on if he can entice him close enough, but if the favourite sticks to his game-plan and keeps his discipline, he should have too much coming forward.
In truth, Brook is the only fighter likely to win on the cards - a 6/4 chance with Sky Bet compared to 10/1 for Senchenko - but either could force a late stoppage, meaning either fighter to win in rounds 9-12 is the stand out bet at 9/4.
Senchenko certainly has a puncher's chance so this bet provides greater insurance in the event of an upset, as picking favourite Brook to win in rounds 9-12 is only marginally greater at 5/2.
Stand out bet: Either fighter to win in rounds 9-12 (9/4)
Safest bet: Brook to win in rounds 8-12 or Points (1/2)
Best value bet: Senchenko rounds 7-12 (18/1)
Most popular individual round with Sky Bet customers: Brook round 8 (12/1)
Biggest outside bet: Senchenko to win inside opening 60 seconds (250/1)
Odds are subject to change