KELL BROOK fully solidified his status as Britain’s best welterweight after a punch perfect points victory over MATTHEW HATTON at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in front of a crowd of over 10,ooo.
The fight billed as “The War of the Roses” was expected to be a back and forth battle between the very best of Yorkshire and Lancashire. However, it was a largely one-sided affair as hometown hero Brook was a class above Mancunian Hatton, who was sent to the floor in the ninth round.
Brook won by a unanimous decision with the judges scoring the fight 118-109, 119-108 and 119-107 in front of a rapturous crowd. Brook immediately found success in the early rounds with stiff jabs and straights, rocking Hatton’s head back and forth.
It was revealed that Hatton had broken his nose as a result and Ricky’s younger brother just couldn’t cope with Brook’s phenomenal handspeed and precision.
Hatton was forced into a shell throughout the opening rounds with Brook’s barrage continuing to rain down from all angles on Hatton’s bullseye nose.
However, Hatton bravely refused to concede and fought back in the seventh round, landing looping right hands to attempt to break the rock solid foundation’s of Brook’s assault. Hatton’s attempts were futile however, as a right hand from “Special K” stiffened his legs going into the eighth.
Brook’s sharp hands and crosses steadily chipped away at Hatton and his dominance in the centre of the ring made him look like a true superstar in the making. The 25-year-old finally decided to step up his assault and a fierce flurry of shots wobbled an off balance Hatton in the 10th and sent him spinning to the canvas.
Hatton tried to fight back in the final few rounds but the damage had already been done and Brook was victorious in the Sheffield showdown.
“The Special One” now insists that after his easy defeat over his nearest rival, the world is his oyster and that 2012 is set to be a bumper year for him.
“It was a spectacular night and we’re going on to bigger and better things”, he told Sky Sports. “Now there’s no-one to touch me in Britain, I’ll leave it up to the big man (his promoter Eddie Hearn, of Matchroom Sports) to sort out some fights.”
Brook also praised Matthew Hatton for his brave performance.
“What a gallant effort from Matthew Hatton,” he said. “It was his 50th fight and he knew how to hold on and get through the rounds.
“It was one against two, Eddie Hearn knows how to put on these big shows and we haven’t had one of these for many years, and now we should get more of them.”
Hearn paid a glowing tribute to Brook and vowed to stage another Sheffield fight in the coming months.
“It was a tough fight, but he didn’t get out of first gear, he’s got five gears”, he said. “He’s going to be very special and he’s going to be around for a long time.
“Sheffield has embraced him and he’s going to be back in the summer for a big fight.”