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Magic for Matthew

Jim considers Hatton's chances in the War of the Roses clash

Jim Watt Posted 15th March 2012 view comments

Matthew Hatton won't roll over against Kell Brook and he's not making up the numbers.

He accepts that he's the underdog but he sees this as a fight he can win. He's got a lot of spirit, even if things are going against him and he won't cave in.

I fancy Brook to win it. He's the one setting off on his career, whereas Hatton has had a long career and has learned the game the hard way.

Hatton is the underdog but will fight till the end, says Jim

Hatton is the underdog but will fight till the end, says Jim

I'm not saying Hatton is over the hill, but they are two guys at different stages of their careers. Brook has the speed and natural ability; he's just wiped people out and no-one has really taken him close.

I know he hasn't been asked to do a lot yet but if you compare where Hatton was at the same stage, he was having tough fights, getting through them and carrying on. I don't think we have seen the best of Brook yet.

As a young pro, I think Matthew tried to fight as Ricky boxed and it wasn't quite working and they realised he had to find his own style.

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Matthew can't stand off and let Brook dictate the pace. He's got to get close, take some chances and commit himself. I don't see him outboxing Brook, so he's got to outwork him.

I don't think he has the power to knock him out so he's going to have to stay on his case, be aggressive and try to win it on work rate. But I don't think he's going to manage it.

Hatton moved up a division to face Saul Alvarez, who is looked upon as a real future star.

I think he was the underdog for that loss so it wasn't a massive blow to his confidence. In fact, he came out of it with a lot of credit; a lot of people, myself included, thought Alvarez was going to stop him but he hung on in there and made it competitive in every round.

That raised his profile and the Americans were quite impressed with the performance.

All-rounder

He has terrific fitness and is always in great shape. He doesn't excel in one aspect of the game but he can do a little bit of everything; he's a good, solid all-round pro.

He's been brought through the proper way and experienced some tough fights on his brother's undercards over in America. It's a whole career that is coming together for him.

Matthew has been in some high-profile fights and on some terrific bills; he's probably making his own name more now Ricky has retired.

As a young pro, I think he tried to fight as Ricky boxed and it wasn't quite working and they realised he had to find his own style. Now he's not so much Ricky Hatton's brother as Matthew Hatton.

This is a fight that can propel him back up there, but it could knock him back down. He'll need to regroup if he loses this.

Matthew has a good support and Brook is making a name for himself. It's a terrific match and I think there'll be a terrific crowd and a terrific atmosphere in Sheffield.

They know of Brook over in the States. Ian Darke and I met the president of the WBO about a year ago and he was asking about Brook. People know him already and I think if he wins on Saturday he could be fighting for a world title this year.

However, Hatton took Alvarez the full 12 rounds and he could take Brook all the way as well.

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