Kell Brook elevates himself to world stage following dominant victory against Matthew Hatton

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Live shows
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ON a night when ability outshone durability, Sheffield’s Kell Brook thrust himself into world title contention with a commanding victory against Matthew Hatton.

A unanimous points decision (118-109, 119-108, 119-107) only told part of the story for the 25-year-old welterweight.

He and promoter Eddie Hearn can now approach potential opponent Amir Khan with the bargaining power earned not only by Brook’s outstanding in-ring performance, which earned enormous  credibility, but the flash with which he accomplished his mission in front of almost 10,000 people,  proving his marketability. The hometown crowd at the Motorpoint Arena were not disappointed, as Brook moved to 27-0 amid an electric atmosphere.

Following the fight, Hatton – whose nose was broken in the opening round – was gracious in defeat. The Manchester boxer has shared the ring with Saul Alvarez for the WBC light-middleweight title, but while his courage was never in question, neither was the overall result.

At best, Hatton could claim just one round. I felt he may have edged the third and looked decent in the fourth, but Brook’s far greater movement and punching accuracy reduced the former European Welterweight champion’s strategy to an increasing amount of holding, especially in the later rounds.

“I thought I was in control for the whole fight and I never really got out of first gear,” said Brook.

“Matthew is incredibly brave though and a gallant performer, I knew he was a tough guy going into this fight and he’s proved he’s got great heart and so much grit.”

The blood flowing from Hatton in the first was an omen of what was yet to come, as Brook’s precision plagued him throughout the evening.

Brook’s excellence was underlined in round nine when Hatton was dumped on his backside following a stunning left. While Matthew’s resilience and bravery maintained his challenge, the hometown fighter kept his discipline to complete a lopsided victory.

Hearn will now seek to elevate Brook to a status shared by a very elite tier of British fighters. Should Khan opt to avoid his closest domestic rival, there are rich prizes available in the United States. Having now answered all the doubters in the UK, Brook is in a position to ask questions of others.

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