Hatton Confident of Beating Brook: I'm The Better Fighter
Matthew Hatton may be a huge underdog in his fight with Kell Brook on Saturday week, but that hasn't dented his confidence.
Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky, will be taking part in his 50th professional fight - almost twice as many as his opponent.
And the 30-year-old is hoping to make his experience tell as he seeks to de-rail unbeaten Brook's inexorable rise to the top.
"I'm very proud to be racking up my 50th fight which is a lot for a modern day fighter and a landmark night for me and I want to celebrate in style," he told Sky Sports.
"I enjoy being the underdog. I'm a stubborn character by nature and people are making me a massive underdog going into this fight; I certainly don't see it that way.
"This is a fight I go into confident of winning, expecting to win and I like to prove people wrong and being the underdog hasn't worried me throughout my career, and certainly won't do on the 17th."
Hatton fought for the world title 12 months ago and is not anticipating an easier night in Sheffield.
"A year ago I was in LA to fight Saul Alvarez," he added. "I stepped up a weight division for that and gave away a big size difference.
"The fight against Kell is a level playing field and weight won't be an issue.
"I believe I'm the better fighter, more experienced fighter, I think it will be a really tough fight and I've got a lot of respect for Kell Brook...I've prepared for a long tough battle and I believe that's what it'll be.
"He'll bring his A game as well and I believe it will be a great fight for the fans."
The bout has been billed as a 'War of the Roses' showdown and Hatton wants to produce something special to help restore a more positive image of British boxing after the recent Dereck Chisora-David Haye brawl in Munich.
"It was a bad day for boxing," Hatton said of the incident in Germany.
"All sports have their controversial characters, but that was very rare in boxing and hopefully we don't see scenes like that again.
"We need a bit of edge in boxing and it is the kind of sport where tempers do fray, but that was too much a couple of weeks ago.
"Kell and I have been respectful in the build-up to this fight and fingers crossed, it will be a great fight and we will show what this great sport is all about."
Brook a mediocre fighter okay thats very laughable he has all the skills to become a champion at welterweight but hes being matched soft and that's down to his promoters he needs to step it up against someone in the…Comment by Spray_resistant on 03-05-2012
Brook is a mediocre fighter average in every way.Comment by Boxing Bob on 03-05-2012
neither is a world class fighterComment by tripper on 03-05-2012
I think this'll be closer than people think. Should be a decent scrap.Comment by Cleaver on 03-05-2012
I think he has enough about him to go the distance, but Brook will be too slick for him. The odds are pretty much the same for Brook by ko/tko/dq as it is on pointsPost a Comment - View More User Comments (7)