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Coldwell Boxing’s October 12 show, scheduled for The Bowlers in Manchester, has been boosted with Matthew Hatton being added to the show.

With a full card set to be announced in the coming days, Dave Coldwell is delighted to add the former European champion.

“Matthew is a quality fighter and he’s someone I’ve admired for a long time,” said Coldwell.

“He’s fought at championship level for a long time now and he’s shared the ring with some of the sport’s best names including Ben Tackie, Saul Alvarez and Kell Brook. He’s got an IBO title shot set for early next year so he’s going to have an eight-round fight on our show in October and that should hopefully put him in a good place as he prepares for his next big opportunity.

“Last time out against Brook, things never went Matthew’s way but he can be proud of the effort he made because he was in there with a real class opponent.

“The next chapter in Matthew’s career is set to begin on October 12 and I’m delighted that Coldwell Boxing is part of Matthew’s way back. This show promises to be another cracker from us and we’ll be announcing full details of the card in the near-future.”

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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.

UP-AND-COMING welterweight Bradley Skeete has tipped Kell Brook to finish the “War Of The Roses” clash against Matthew Hatton inside the distance.

Skeete (7-0) is forging his young, promising career and is slated to fight on the Wembley Arena undercard of the George Groves-Kenny Anderson super-middleweight tussle on March 16.

But just a day after Skeete hopes to tick another mark in the ‘W’ column, Brook and Hatton will meet at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, for a clash in which victory could propel Brook to a world title challenge.

Skeete, who has already demonstrated his punching power by knocking down his last two opponents en route to eight-round points decisions, believes hometown fighter Brook will have enough power to render the judges’ scorecards irrelevant.

“Kell Brook is number one in the welterweights. I really look up to him for everything he has done,” said Skeete, 24.

“I don’t think the Hatton fight will be easy but Kell is world class and he’ll win through. I know how much he wants to win the world title, and I reckon he’ll finish Hatton inside the distance.

“He has achieved so much and I believe he will win the world title.”

The busy Skeete will complete a fifth bout in just six months when competing at Wembley, but the Frank Warren-promoted fighter, managed by Dean Powell, insists it’s all part of the learning experience.

“My first year as a pro went pretty slowly, although I did well, but being on BoxNation allows me to get regular fights,” he said.

“I’m just learning to throw the right punch and get the rounds under my belt – I didn’t want to be just blasting people out.

“In my last two fights I’ve gone eight rounds, but not going for knockouts all the time has allowed me to put rounds in the bank.

“Against Laszlo Komati (Skeete’s most recent fight) I won every round. In my eyes, the stoppages will come. I just don’t feel at this time that I need to be blasting people away in one or two rounds.

“In my next couple of fights I could be challenging for the southern area title, as I believe I’m at that level now. Again, it’s all experience, getting my first title. I wouldn’t want to rush anything, and if this isn’t for the southern area title, I will be ready for it in my next fight.”

Skeete is undoubtedly keeping busier than friend James DeGale, currently inactive after claiming to have split with Warren – something the promoter denies, stressing the Olympian remains under contract.

“We were really close, we were like brothers,” said Skeete of the pair’s friendship.

“After turning pro we don’t speak as much as we used to, but we still speak on the phone from time to time. We still keep in contact, but not as much.

“I spoke to him on his birthday earlier this month (February 3) . We didn’t speak too much about what’s going on, but to be honest I didn’t even ask.

“You know what James is like, he was upbeat as ever. I am sure he will be fine.”