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Written by Ian Wallwork

Kell Brook vs Matthew Hatton announced, mixed reactions from fans.

Eddie Hearn's wonderkid Kell Brook will take on Matthew Hatton on March 17th. You might have read an article on this site by Jake Wallwork which wondered who Brook would face, and whether Hearn would play hypocrite after laughing at Nathan Cleverly’s defence against Tommy Karpency.

Hearn has been promising us a top class opponent for Brook and the announcement yesterday did not deliver that. I do think that Brook – Hatton is a good fight, and a damn sight better than Cleverly- Karpency, but if you bet on anything other than a Kell Brook win you will lose your money.

That’s not to say Hatton is a walkover. He went the full twelve rounds in a title fight with Canelo Alvarez last year and followed his defeat with a unanimous decision over Andrei Abramenka. He record is 42-5-2 and he has a lot of heart. That’s his main strength; Matthew Hatton will never give up. This could make it all the sweeter for Kell, because if he can force Hatton to quit he will have scored one over Canelo.

Brook (26-0-0) didn’t look his best in his last fight against Luis Galarza but that was his first in America and we can put some of it down to jitters. He still won by fifth round knockout, so I can’t criticise too much. Kell Brook is a real talent at 147 and to me he looks ready to step up in opposition. I would gladly put him up against Mike Jones, Jan Zaveck or Selcuk Aydin, all of whom have spots in The Ring’s welterweight top ten. Brook himself is plumped at number six.

As for the fight this March, I’ll go for a Brook knockout in 7. Hatton has lost to guys a hell of a lot worse than Brook over his career and he isn’t a match for someone with Kell’s speed and power. That’s the result taken care of, now what do fans think about the fight?

It got a mixed reaction. Some were happy with Hatton and think it will be a close fight, others don’t have much respect for Ricky’s brother and see him as another guy there to make Kell Brook look good. Eddie Hearn seemed proud of his matchmaking, and on the whole the fan reaction was good. He’s scored a point over Frank Warren at least; now Warren needs to land Ricky Burns a decent fight to please some disappointed fans. *Update: Ricky Burns will fight Paulus Moses. Not bad.*

They’re using the War of the Roses as a theme to promote the event, which has been done before but is still a good ploy. There’s nothing like territorial war to get Brits riled and my money is on the house of York. I’ve put the video for the Brook – Hatton presser below, have a look if you haven’t already, it comes courtesy of iFILM LONDON.