IF humour was to be a factor in the outcome of Saturday’s big fight night at Sheffield Arena, Matthew Hatton could expect to be taking a win home with him.
In the two press conferences to herald his “War of the Roses” battle with Sheffield’s Kell Brook, Ricky Hatton’s brother has come across as quick-witted and amusing.
In yesterday’s press briefing, Hatton again outpointed his rival, in the comedic stakes.
Both fighters had been asked to give a short speech and Brook used the opportunity to say that Hatton - no matter how hard he had trained - would get “smashed” in the ring on Saturday night.
With a lightning reply, his rival said to his trainer Bob Shannon: “Come on Bob, we might as well go home now...”
The 30-year-old Mancunian will need such quick wits about him when the laughing stops tomorrow.
As even Shannon admits, Brook is overwhelming favourite to take home the WBA Intercontinental and IBF international welterweight belts.
Brook is younger, slightly bigger, faster and more powerful in most people’s eyes.
Not in Hatton’s though. “My training camp has gone fantastic” he said. “
“Fighters often say they are in their best shape but for me it really is the case. I have had no injury, no illness and am 100 per cent focused and fit.
“At day one I was confident and I am more confident after such fantastic preparation.”
Brook, 25, said Ricky had been the Hatton family’s main champion and that it was his time now to start collecting titles. “No way on this earth will I be losing on Saturday” he said. “The world will see why they call me The Special One.”
Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle added that Hatton wouldn’t win even if he was “built from kryptonite.”