TOP trainer Dom Ingle believes Matthew Hatton’s career will be in “tatters” if Kell Brook stops him early in the ‘War of the Roses’ welterweight contest this weekend.
Grenoside fighter Brook, nicknamed ‘Special K, takes on Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday looking to stretch his unbeaten streak to 27 bouts.
However, the 25-year-old’s trainer Ingle says Hatton, the former holder of the European welterweight belt, cannot be underestimated.
“The biggest thing for Kell is to make sure he’s fit to do 12 rounds because we are expecting a 12 round fight off Matthew Hatton,” he told The Star. “Matthew will be extremely fit, durable and has built his reputation on going 12 rounds with some tough kids.
“If Matthew can finish on his feet, it is going to give him more credibility. He can probably drop down to European or domestic level and control that.
“I can see Matthew hanging in there and trying to survive the 12 rounds. But if Kell does him in five or six rounds, his career is in tatters.”
Ingle predicts that Brook will have too much in his locker for his Mancunian opponent: “Kell has got all the attributes and all the shots in the book,” he said. “As long as he is focused and got his fitness, he will be fine.
“Matthew is a fit kid; he is limited in what he can do but if you’re not fit he can get on top of you. But Kell has got enough in his repertoire to slow him down and control the pace of the fight.
“It is going to be entertaining and I think Matthew will touch the canvas a few times but I think he will manage.”
Two of Brook’s last three fights have been on home soil. His victory over Lovemore N’Dou last summer at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre saw him go the distance for the first time in his career.
Ingle said: “That was a big test for Kell; it is always in the fighter’s mind when he’s knocking out a fighter after four, five or six rounds that one day he will have to go 12.
“Once you have got over that mental hurdle, you can always do it. Naz [PrinceNazeem Hamed] was a master of it. He never trained physically to do 12 rounds because of the power he had but mentally he could do it.
“Kell has grown in confidence since doing that 12 rounder. He can get rid of fighters fast but if he has to do the 12 rounds he can.”