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Brook-Hatton, Frampton, Proksa on March 17th

Carl Frampton Kell Brook Matthew HattonBy Scott Gilfoid: The March 17th fight card headlined by unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (26-0, 18 KO’s) vs. 30-year-old fringe contender Matthew Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO’s) is going to be a nice little card from the looks of it.

Too bad I can’t see anything but mismatches on it from top to bottom thus far. What a pity. It could have been a decent card if they had some quality matches instead of the mismatches I see on the card. The card takes place at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK.

Here’s the undercard action – if you want to call it that:

• Adnan Amar (25-1, 7 KO’s) vs. Lee Purdy (16-3-1, 9 KO’s) in welterweight action. Amar will easily win this fight. Purdy’s a useful fighter but easy to hit, not particularly and definitely not a big hitter. Amar will clown this guy and make him look like an amateur.

• Grzegorz Proksa (26-0, 19 KO’s) vs. TBA. Proksa defends his European Boxing Union (EBU) middleweight against a likely stuff. Oh boy, I can’t wait to see this one.

• Alastair Warren (8-1-1, 4 KO’s) vs. John Ryder (9-0, 6 KO’s) in a fight at middleweight. Ryder, a southpaw, is going to destroy this guy. It’s not going to be a fight and that’ not because Ryder is someone great. It’s just that he’s being matched against a guy he can totally obliterate.

• Carl Frampton (12-0, 8 KO’s) vs. TBA in super bantamweight action. Frampton will be defending his Commonwealth strap. I expect another mediocre opponent like his last fight against Kris Hughes. Talk about a mismatch. This guy is really being built up on the backs of soft pablum.

There are some other fights on the card but it’s guys that most boxing fans have never heard of in their lives so I won’t bother mentioning those guys.

But the biggest mismatch on the card if the main event because Hatton and Brook. That is a truly horrible fight and if I was the promoter for this, I couldn’t and wouldn’t serve it up to the boxing public. I see the Hatton-Brook fight being a undercard type quality fight. It’s like a first fight of the night type of undercard bout. I can’t believe this thing is the main event. Only in the UK, I guess.

Brook really needs to be facing better opposition now because it’s positively wretched how he’s been brought along with his career. I just am praying he never becomes one of the paper world champions because I can see this going into a nice two to three year milk job where he takes the easy fights so he can hold onto his title as long as possible.

As far as this fight goes, Hatton is going to take a beating and probably stick around for the full 12 rounds so as not to have to face the shame of being knocked out. Hopefully his trainer makes the decision for him to save him from taking too many unnecessary head shots.

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