Hatton respects Brook but aims to win

Something special: Matthew Hatton is hoping to retore boxing's image.   Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Something special: Matthew Hatton is hoping to retore boxing's image. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
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MATTHEW Hatton says there is a mutual respect between him and Sheffield rival Kell Brook.

The 30-year-old Mancunian takes on Kell Brook at Sheffield Arena on March 17 and is confident he can deal with the undefeated 25-year-old.

Brook is a fighter he thinks people are “getting a little bit carried away” about and Hatton hopes to “burst his bubble”. He believes his 12 rounds with world champ Saul Alvarez, despite ending in defeat, will set him in good stead, while he feels the birth of his second child - baby Lola entered the world on Sunday - will also give him a boost.

Referring to the arrival of his daughter, Hatton said: “I’ve had a 10-week training camp and it is getting tough, but it has just put that spring in my step. Things have gone well and March is going to be a good month for me.”

Hatton wants to produce something special to help restore a more positive image of boxing after the recent Dereck Chisora-David Haye brawl in Munich.

“It was a bad day for boxing,” Hatton said of the incident. “All sports have their controversial characters, but that was rare in boxing and hopefully we don’t see scenes like that again.

“We need an edge in boxing and it’s the kind of sport where tempers do fray, but that was too much. Kell and I have been respectful in the build-up to the fight and fingers crossed, it will be a great fight and we’ll show what this great sport is all about.”