Matthew Hatton thinks Kell Brook will beat Porter
By Scott Gilfoid: Former Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) victim Matthew Hatton is picking Brook to beat IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Hatton likes Kell’s talent, and he sees him as being fully ready to beat Porter in front of his own fans in Carson. Brook will be a long way from the UK on Saturday night, and there’s likely going to be few cheers for him in this fight. Brook is used to his fans adoring him and screaming like mad each time he throws a shot.
On Saturday, it’s likely going to be quiet for Brook when he throws his shots. The only one that will be getting cheered in this fight will be Porter, so Brook is going to have to come to terms with that. He’s the type of fighter that feeds off the energy from the crowd, and unfortunately he’s going to be out there all by himself. I can’t see it working out good for him given how he’s always been fighting at home.
“Sometimes you worry about fighters who get a world title shot at the first opportunity,” he said to Skysports.com “You worry are they fully prepared? Do they tick all the boxes? For me, Kell ticks all the boxes. He’s ready; he deserves his chance, so let’s see how good he is.”
As for as Matthew saying Brook deserves the title shot against Porter, I think that’s kind of debatable. I don’t see any of Brook’s prior victories as being important wins for him to rate a world title shot against Porter.
Maybe it’s me, but Brook’s wins over the following opposition just doesn’t seem worthy of him getting a title shot: Matthew Hatton, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Alvarao Robles, Michael Jennings, Hector Saldivia, Lovemore N’dou, Luis Galarza, Carson Jones, Rafal Jackiewicz, Stuart Elwell, Michael Lomax and Krzsztof Bienias. These are the guys that Brook has fought during the last 4 years of his career.
To me, they look like the type of fighters that someone would face in their first year or two of their career, not someone who was fighting them after 6 years as a pro and in some cases his 10th year. I just don’t see them as being good enough fighters for Brook to be getting a title shot off of beating them.
“Kell is a very good fighter… you know he’s up against it with Shawn Porter but that big factor for me is going over to America to beat him,” Hatton said. “But I believe Kell is a special fighter. I believe he can do it. “But I believe Kell is a special fighter. I believe he can do it.”
You can say that Brook has a chance in this fight, but obviously it’s not a good one. He’s going to need to get lucky by connecting on something that catches Porter off guard for him to have a chance of beating him.
Hatton thinks that even if Brook does get beaten by Porter, he’ll be able to come back and capture a world title at a later date. Hatton doesn’t say who that fighter is that Brook will beat to capture a world title in the future. He must be talking about after Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao, Porter and Keith Thurman retire.
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