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 Last update:  3/14/2012       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Hatton Believes a Brook Win Will Lead To Amir Khan
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Welterweight Matthew Hatton (42-5) believes a win over unbeaten Kell Brook (26-0) on Saturday night will open the door for a battle with Amir Khan. The two domestic rivals will clash for the WBA Inter-Continental and IBF International welterweight titles at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. Khan, who faces Lamont Peterson in a rematch on May 19th, is considering a move to 147 in the near future.

"[Khan] is eyeing a move up to the welterweight division, so a clash with the winner of this fight is natural. Amir is a fantastic fighter, he is somebody I respect a lot," Hatton told BBC Sport.

The younger brother of Ricky Hatton has become more confident after watching the one-sided beatings that junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez has handed out in the last year to his opponents.

"Even though I stepped up in weight and gave away a lot of size on the night of the fight - Alvarez was ten pounds heavier than me - looking at what he has done to his opposition before and after our contest fills me with confidence," Hatton said. "Alvarez did not hurt me - and I didn't really feel outclassed - I just couldn't cope with the size difference. I got a lot of respect from that fight but I still lost. That experience has made me even hungrier to succeed - and even more confident."

"I have come down to my natural weight and it has always been my ambition to become world champion at welterweight. I know beating Kell Brook will give me the opportunity to do that. I think Kell Brook is a talented fighter and he is being billed as the next superstar of British boxing," he said. "Whether he is that good, I am not too sure but we will soon find out.

Tags: Amir Khan , Matthew Hatton , Brook-Hatton , Brook vs Hatton



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comment by Boxing Bob, on 03-14-2012
Does anyone outside England even care about this fight?

comment by Paclan, on 03-14-2012
Can you imagine? I never would have thought in a million years hatton and khan would ever fight.

comment by Scrubber, on 03-14-2012
Hatton tries, not talented but he tries. The poor kid with no looks tries accepts beatings gets paid and moves on. Both hattons must enjoy getting whipped. Ricky escapes via booze and drugs and poor Matt just keeps getting whipped. sad in a way. but they are Britties.

comment by Alpha & Omega, on 03-14-2012
Don't worry Hatton, there won't be any win for you against Brook, so no use worrying about a title shot lol. Brook is going to put it on Hatton, should be good. Maybe then we can see Kell finally KO Queen Khan.

comment by MeiXiang, on 03-14-2012
Nope. He's got it so wrong. A Hatton win would lead to Mallignaggi...who would whoop his ass. http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/006/216/7nTnr.png Don't get me wrong - Hatton still beats Brook, in my opinion.

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