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Hatton-Brook: Matthew hopes to hand Kell his first loss on March 17th

Kell Brook Matthew HattonBy Scott Gilfoid: It doesn’t look too good for Matthew Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO’s) in his March 17th fight against undefeated Kell Brook (26-0, 18 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK.

Hatton, 30, is older, slower, and weaker than the 25-year-old Brook. Hatton really has experience going for him but even that is kind of a negative because he lost against the best opponent he’s faced in Saul Alvarez. He tried but got soundly beaten last year.

Brook has no experience against quality opposition unfortunately has spent his entire nine-year career being spoon fed weak opposition which has enabled Brook to build an impressive looking unbeaten record but without any substance whatsoever. His best win of his career was against welterweight contender Rafal Jackiewicz, a 6th round TKO win last October.

Having seen Jaciewicz fight on several occasions, I still can’t understand for the life of me why he was ever ranked in the top 15. As far as I can tell, Jackiewicz looks to be bottom 2nd tier on the edges of the 3rd tier. Brook beat him and so what. Brooks’ other “big win” was against 40-year-old Lovemore N’dou, who’s best years were 10 years ago.

So what we have here is a carefully matched Brook being put in against a pretty limited Hatton, who’s a decent Euro level welterweight but who doesn’t have the talent to win any of the major titles in my estimation. Brook is still facing weak opposition event though he’s heading towards his 10th years as a pro.

There seems to be some kind of failure to launch with Brook’s career. It’s like his career has been put in suspended animation at the 2nd tier level and he’s been unable or unwilling to move forward. Before he signed on for the Hatton fight, Brook was supposed to be fighting some well -known top welterweight in his next fight, but instead of an exciting well known welterweight, we get Hatton, which is more of the same weak opposition that Brook has been force fed from day one.

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