KELL BROOK will be “living the dream” when he fights Matthew Hatton in front of thousands of fight fans at Sheffield Arena on March 17.
“We have packed out Hillsborough and Ponds Forge and now we’ll do our best to pack this place out” Brook said at a press conference at the 12,500 capacity venue.
“When I heard it was Matthew I started smiling” he said. “It is all a dream come true. I have watched Naz (Naseem Hamed) on the Full Monty show and Ryan Rhodes, Johnny Nelson - now it is me, fighting in my own town and I am over the moon.”
The unbeaten Owlerton boxer (26-0, 18KOs) said his “fists would do the talking” when he meets with Hatton, a fight he said would determine who was the nation’s number one and two welterweights. “I know it will be a tough fight. He is a proven boxer after going 12 rounds with Saul Alvarez.”
European champion Hatton, looking relaxed despite a battery of cameras and film crews, said he had respect for his “quality, talented” rival, but added that, at 30, he was coming “towards his peak.”
Of the “War of the Roses” branding Hatton said: “In my opinion two of the best welterweights in the world will be fighting. And the fact that there is a local rivalry gives it an added edge. It will be a chance to prove who is number one.”
Hatton’s trainer Bob Shannon said the fight would be massively influenced during the preparation programme both fighters would embark upon.
“It will come down to tactics” he said. “It is down to me to live and breathe Kell Brook, to watch the videos night and day and pick out faults and strengths and work on them. “Matthew (42-5 16KOs) has come on leaps and bounds. I know Kell pretty well, he has sparred out our gym and I used to call him the ‘X Factor’ because he is very special and has a good way about him. He is a great fighter but has yet to be tested. We are coming to win. Whatever it takes it’s going to happen.”