BRITAIN’S new boxing superstar Kell Brook celebrated victory over Matthew Hatton by promising fans he’s now gunning for Amir Khan and vowed: “I’ll smash him.”
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The Sheffield fighter was speaking after his unanimous points win over the 30-year-old Manchester veteran, writes digial editor Graham Walker.
Brook, aged 25, was cheered on to win in front of a near sell-out crowd of around 10,000 fight fans in his home city at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.
“I’ve been banging on about me and Amir Khan. If that fight happens I’ll smash him,’’ said Brook, after successfully defended his own WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title and claimed Hatton’s IBF International crown.
Eddie Hearn, promoter of the War Of The Roses event on Sky Sports, believes a showdown with Khan could now happen, attracting 40,000 fans to an outdoor spectacle that would bring back pay-per-view to British boxing.
“I could sell 40,000 tickets. And let me tell you something right now, he would absolutely destroy Amir Khan,” he said.
“Show me another fighter in this country selling 10,000 tickets. It’s not happening. Kell is capturing the imagination of the public and we’re looking forward to coming back here for a big fight.”
Of his win over Hatton, in a War Of The Roses clash, Brook added: “I felt in control. Half the way through Matthew knew he wasn’t going to win so he started to spoil things - he hit me on the back of the head and did what he could to get through.
“I learned a lot. I’ll take that on and build from that.”
Hatton, who showed great dignity in defeat and will now consider his own future, paid a glowing tribute to Brook and said: “He’s the best fighter I’ve faced. There’s a bright future. I think definitely a future world champion and I wish him all the best.
“I didn’t think things would get much worse than the first round. I was wrong about that.
“He was very hard to hit. He’s got a fantastic jab. And I think he had a magnet attached to my nose. He couldn’t miss it to be honest. He was keeping me at bay and made me think twice about coming forward. I lost to the better man.”
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