Hatton Hopes a Brook Victory Will Lead To a Title Shot
Matthew Hatton hopes he can help restore a more positive image of British boxing when he takes on Kell Brook a week on Saturday.
Mancunian Hatton faces Brook in the latter's native Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena in a keenly-anticipated 'War of the Roses' welterweight contest.
The interest in the bout should be significant and following Dereck Chisora and David Haye's infamous brawl in Munich last month, Hatton feels it is important he and Brook put on a good show to get people talking about British fighters for the right reasons again.
Referring to the incident in Germany, Hatton told Press Association Sport: "It was a bad day for boxing.
"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."
The fight will be the 50th of Hatton's professional career and the 30-year-old is preparing for it feeling he still has his best years in the ring ahead of him.
Hatton was unable to make the most of his opportunity to emulate his older brother Ricky by becoming a world champion a year ago when he was beaten on points by Mexico's Saul Alvarez in a battle for the WBC light-middleweight crown.
The former European welterweight king believes his "slow-burning" career remains very much on an upward trajectory, though, and confident that he can deal with undefeated 25-year-old Brook, Hatton has his sights set on a world title shot at his regular weight after the bout.
"I think I have had a slow-burning career really," said Hatton, who had his first pro fight in 2000.
"The best years of my career have probably been the last three and I feel as if I am getting better with age.
"Even though this is my 50th contest and I'm 30 years of age, I do believe the best years are definitely ahead of me.
"If I can get past Kell, I'm confident I can secure myself another world title fight - at welterweight this time.
"The Alvarez opportunity came out of the blue and I was fighting for the light-middleweight title, a weight I had never boxed at before.
"I'm proud of what I have achieved in my career so far, but it has always been my ambition to be a world champion and I believe another opportunity will come if I beat Kell Brook."
Lead to what title shot exactly? The title of king of the pub? LOL. Hatton was embarrassed by Saul Alvarez for 12 rounds and the highlight of his career is what, a draw with Lovemore Ndou? This guy is a…Comment by yoz on 03-06-2012
He's god awful.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)