By William Mackay: As was expected, undefeated welterweight contender Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KO’s) completely had his way with 30-year-old #9 WBA contender Matthew Hatton (42-6-2, 16 KO’s) on Saturday night, winning by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Brook, 25, knocked Hatton down in the 9th with a check left hook. The final judges’ scores were 118-109, 119-108 and 119-107.
Hatton was seldom able to get past Brook’s jabs and combinations. It was too easy for Brook, who picked the slower, weaker and older Hatton apart with pinpoint shots and then have him hurt on several occasions. If not for Hatton’s constant holding, which he arguably should have lost multiple points for, he likely would have been stopped. This was not an exciting fight to watch unless you like seeing punching bags get worked over for 12 rounds.
In an interesting upset, the previously unbeaten showboating EBU middleweight Grzegorz Proksa (26-1, 19 KO’s) was beaten by challenger Kerry Hope (17-3, 1 KO’s) by a 12 round majority decision. The final judges’ scores were 115-112, 114-113 and 114-114. Proksa was bleeding from the 2nd round on above his left eye after suffering a cut from a headbutt. As the fight wore into the second half, Proksa’s legs looked like spaghetti, as he was totally gassed out. He looked like he wanted to quit as he started to take punishment from then light hitting Hope. Had Hope had even a little bit of power, he likely would have taken Proksa out in short order. Proksa lost one point for headbutting Proksa in the 8th round.
In an expected mismatch, Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (13-0, 9 KO’s) blew out overmatched little known Prosper Ankrah (18-3, 13 KO’s) in a 2nd round TKO. The short Frampton flurried on Ankrah until the referee pulled the plug on the mismatch at 2:45 of the 2nd round. Frampton needs to face better opposition than this.
In other action on the card:
Lee Purdy TKO 5 Adnan Amar
John Ryder UD 8 Alastair Warren