Kell Brook knocks down and out-classes Matthew Hatton en route to comfortable victory on points

18 Mar

Alan Dawson – London

Kell Brook extended his undefeated record in front of his own fans at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield as the 25-year-old boxed in a manner that – like it did throughout 2011 – lived up to his Special K moniker, not allowing opponent Matthew Hatton any say in the contest, knocking his Mancunian rival down in the ninth and out-boxing Hatton throughout the entire 12 rounds on Saturday, March 17.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 9
9 9
10 10 10
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Official verdict: Brook by way of unanimous decision.

Occupying the centre of the ring, Brook boxed tentatively while Hatton got his jab going, unleashed two-punch flurries and fought in circles. Midway through the opening stanza, however, Brook began to take the initiative and, instead of blocking Brook’s lead punches with his high guard, he attempted to catch the shots which allowed Brook to punch through Hatton’s gloves… a worrying flaw for a fighter normally known for his defensive expertise.

In round two, Brook further aggravated Hatton’s bloody nose with big-time overhand rights. A thinking man’s fighter, Brook waited for his openings, punched with accuracy and denied Hatton passage to a clean shot himself. There was little magic cast by Matthew in round three as he was unable to pull the trigger. Brook stalked Hatton, set the pace and restricted his opponent to the outer circle of the ring, who only managed to land one meaningful punch for the entire stanza – a right hand over the top.

When Special K made his ring walk, he was accompanied by former world champion Junior Witter, an alumnus of the Wincobank gym where Kell is trained by Dominic Ingle and, like Witter, Brook was able to switch between orthodox and southpaw to further confuse Hatton.

In the fifth, Hatton began to unload… he double-jabbed, and let go of the right hand, roughing Brook up on the inside, he clinched and landed uppercuts. A master of range, Brook, though, was able to sneak back into the distance Hatton would not be able to find flesh from, before stepping back in to pump straight rights into the away fighter’s nose.

Through the middle rounds there was little Hatton could do to prevent Brook finding the side of his jaw with left hooks, his temple with looping left hands, his chin with right uppercuts and the bridge of his nose with orthodox jabs. When Hatton refused to allow Brook dictate the distance the fight was fought at, he scored well, particularly when he sent close-range shots into Brook’s ribs from the inside and boxed his way out of clinches.

Brook upped the power in round nine and made a strong statement by canvassing Hatton with a counter punch from the left. Brook fist-bumped the air, celebrating the knockdown in a scene British fight fans were not used to as Hatton had gone 12 rounds with super welterweight Saul Alvarez whilst remaining turgid. The punch, though, was testament to Brook’s timing and his ability to knock any opponent off-balance.

The image of each fighter prior to the commencement of combat in the 11th told the story of the fight… Hatton’s nose was stained in blood and he was breathing heavy out of his mouth. Brook, in contrast, was composed, breathing through his nose and looked calm and relaxed.

A wild ruckus broke out in the 12th as Hatton attempted hail Mary punches that had little effect against the defensively-intuitive Brook, while Kell, too, sought to load up on power and gain a second knockdown. That never arrived, but with the completion of the 12-rounder, a comfortable distance victory did. Brook out-landed Hatton by an astonishing 3:1 ratio, extended his career record to 27-0-0, 18ko and shone in front of 10,000 fans in Yorkshire.

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One Response to “Kell Brook knocks down and out-classes Matthew Hatton en route to comfortable victory on points”


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