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Written by Jake Wallwork

The war of the roses

                              

This weekend, Sheffield boxer Kell Brook will face off with Manchester born Matthew Hatton to decide who the number one British welterweight is. The two will fight at the Motor point arena in Sheffield with a stacked undercard.

Before I talk about my prediction and other things, let’s take a look at who else fights this Saturday night.

The undercard

Carl Frampton Vs Prosper Ankrah – Frampton has already fought once this year. He looked very impressive in dominating Kris Hughes in his first defence of the Commonwealth belt. The fact that Frampton’s opponent has a record of 18-2 and his four most recent opponents all had losing records, it has to be said that this fight has only been made to keep Frampton busy. This won’t be a competitive match-up.

Grzegorz Proksa Vs Kerry Hope – Unbeaten Polish middleweight Grzegorz Proksa will fight Kerry Hope in the first live fight of the night. Proksa has received a lot of hype after he stopped ex world champion Sebastian Sylvester in the third round, to win the EBU middleweight title. Proksa is fighting a guy who has three defeats from nineteen fights, and only one knockout win. Just by looking at the record of the two fighters you can tell this fight is a miss match, and has only made to make Proksa look good.

Adnan Amar Vs Lee Purdy – Purdy was dominated in his last fight against Collin Lynes, in that fight he lost for the first time since early 2010 and lost his British welterweight title. Purdy now wants to get back to winning ways and more importantly win back his British title. Amar has fought for the British title twice, and won on both occasions. But since then he has had spots of inactivity. Amar was inactive throughout all of 2010 and most of 2011. The bookies can’t split these two; this has the makings for an entertaining fight.

John Ryder looks to keep unbeaten record intact; he will have his tenth professional fight against only his fourth opponent who has a winning record. Ryder isn’t the only unbeaten middleweight on the bill, Ryan ‘Tank’ Aston is scheduled to fight for six rounds against Lee Noble. Eamonn O’Kane will have his fourth professional fight and Scott Cardle makes his professional debut at lightweight against well-known journeyman Sid Razak.

As you can see a very good undercard has been put together by Matchroom, let’s talk about the main event.

Prediction

If you were to ask me who I want to win the fight, I’d say Matthew Hatton. I have nothing against Kell Brook but I just think Matthew Hatton deserves a big win. Hatton showed a lot of courage against Saul Alvarez and a good reward for that courage would be a victory over Kell Brook and a world title shot.

Having said that, I think Kell Brook will win the fight. Brook is fast, powerful and has good movement. I think a dominant point’s victory or maybe a late stoppage win for Brook is the most likely outcome.

But if Hatton can rough Brook up, and turn it into a brawl then who knows? Hatton has a really good trainer in Bob Shannon, but I can’t see him winning on Saturday night.

Punchbag blog picks Kell Brook by a wide unanimous decision.


What’s next for the winner?

I think both Kell and Matthew could have got a world title fight without fighting each other. The next move for the winner of this bout has to be a world title shot. Paulie Malignaggi fights Vyacheslav Senchenko for the WBA welterweight title in April. I think it’s a distinct possibility that the winner of that bout will fight the winner of Brook/Hatton.

I can also see Brook or Hatton fighting Amir Khan. However there are some ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ involved in that one. If Amir Khan beats Lamont Peterson and if there is some sort of world title at stake, the fight will probably happen. But Khan has a tough fight against Peterson and all the belts at welterweight are either held or vacant and being fought for. So I don’t think the winner of Brook/Hatton will fight Amir Khan next, but it is likely to happen later on in 2012.

To sum up, I expect Kell Brook to beat Hatton on points; I wouldn’t be surprised if Brook stops Hatton. I think Proksa and Frampton will stop their opponents and I pick Amar to beat Purdy, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Purdy gets the win. It should be a good night of boxing in Sheffield, expect the winner of the main event to have some big fights in 2012.

Let me know what you think of this fight card, thanks for reading.