Preview: Brook – Jones

7 07 2012

Time for Kell Brook to make a statement.

He’s already proved he’s the best in Britain following his one-sided beat-down of Matthew Hatton and now is his chance to prove himself on the international stage when he takes on America’s Carson Jones tonight.

Jones has a record of 34 wins (24 by KO), 8 losses and 2 draws and is ranked above Brook in the IBF rankings and is sure to present his sternest challenge so far.

Fact is both these two now have the toughest fight of their careers when they face off against one another tonight and a title shot against the winner of Randall Bailey – Devon Alexander awaits the winner. It’s time for both of these fighters to show whether they are ready to mix with the title holders.

The build up between the two has been pretty fiery, with the two clashing at the weigh in yesterday. Hopefully that means we’ll see an exciting fight.

Brook is definitely the better boxer and the more rounded fighter and I fully expect him to come through and win this. Brook cannot contemplate a loss here as it will set him back a fair way; especially after all the good work (in the ring and promotional wise) he’s done since hooking up with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Boxing.

I’m still unsure of how Brook is going to win though. He’s come out and said he’s going to be aiming right for Jones head and looking to take him out but we haven’t really seen how Brook’s power stands up against the better fighters with Hatton and Ndou taking him the distance.

I don’t think Brook will have the power to keep Jones off him and can see Brook taking the decision win.

As I said, it’s time for Brook to make a statement tonight.

See below for the Brook – Jones weigh in:





‘War of the Roses’

13 01 2012

War of the Roses

Kell Brook will do battle with fellow Brit Matthew Hatton on March 17, in a clash dubbed “War of the Roses”.

Special K will look to extend his unbeaten run against the tough Mancunian at the Sheffield Arena and will hope that an impressive win will see him get his world title shot.

Hatton, who will be fighting in his 50th professional fight, stands in his way as the two battle it out to determine who the best fighter at 147lbs in Britain is.

I have to say I’m a little disappointed with this fight being made.

No disrespect to Matthew Hatton but he’s a European level fighter and we’ve already seen Brook dismantle people at European level. We know Brook is better than European level; he’s ranked top 10 by all the governing bodies.

The question fans want answering is whether Brook is good enough for the world and elite level.

I know Eddie Hearn, his promoter, is still building up the “Brook” brand and at least he’s becoming more active but if Kell’s as good as he and Hearn say he is, chuck him in there with some real quality opposition. The phrase “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” springs to mind.

For me, Brook should have been facing a Pauli Malignaggi, Mike Jones, Carlos Quintana, Joshua Clottey or Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Those are the sort of fights Brook needs so he can get an indicator of how close he is to challenging for a world title.

But with that said, it’s a decent scrap for the British public to get behind and will provide another chance for Kell Brook, and Matthew Hatton, to gain some much needed exposure.

Hatton is a durable and tough fighter and I expect him to put up a decent fight but his style is tailor made for Brook and I can see nothing other than a Brook win, possibly by a late stoppage.

After this fight Brook and Eddie Hearn need to really look at stepping up his level of opponents.

Check out the video below to hear Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton’s thoughts on the fight:





One to watch: Joe Collins

15 04 2011

Collins (left): One to watch

With the state of British boxing looking better than ever, The Sweet Science UK sat down with rising star Joe “Crackers” Collins to discuss how he got into boxing and how he sees his future in boxing panning out. 

The 24-year-old Manchester based-boxer is a bit of a late bloomer to the professional ranks and relatively unknown but with his last fight being promoted under the Hatton Promotions banner; he is sure to be a face British fans will soon come to recognise very soon.

“I first got into boxing through a friend. I was coming off a knee injury I sustained in a football match and I was just trying to get fit again to play football.

“But once I was there I couldn’t turn back. The atmosphere in the gym and the work rate was first class and after I had my first sparring session, I didn’t look at any other sport. Boxing had and has taken over my life.”

Studying boxers and boxing itself became the norm for Joe, who counts the likes of Marco Antonio Barrrera, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe as his idols.

“I used to look up to the likes of Hatton, Calzaghe, Michael Brodie, Scott Harrison and, of course, Barrera. They were brilliant to watch.

“My favourite fight has to be the second fight between Barrera and Erik Morales, it was an incredible fight. But Michael Gomez v Alex Arthur was a bit special too and has to be up there.”

The light-welterweight now trains under the well-respected coach Bob Shannon at Shannon’s Fighting Fit gym in Openshaw.

“Bob Shannon is a great trainer who is very determined and very knowledgeable about the sport.

“I look up to all the lads I train with at Shannon’s gym. Denton Vassell, Prince Arron, Kieran Maher and of course, Matthew Hatton. It’s a top set-up there and everyone in the gym helps out. They all play their part in the gym and they deserve all the credit in the world for making it such a success.”

Talk moves on to Joe’s style of boxing, which may shock a few of you considering his “Crackers” nickname.

“I like to slip and roll under shots you know. I’m not adverse to mixing it up but that’s definitely my style.

When asked on which boxer he’d like to fight, the response wasn’t as I’d expected.

“Rocky Balboa! (Haha) Why not? To be honest I’ve never really thought of who I’d like to step into the ring with.”

Following a defeat in his last fight (the fight was stopped in the third following a clash of heads which left Collins with a broken nose) we asked Collins how he sees his career in boxing panning out.

“I want to get as far as my ambition and drive will take me.”

When asked if he feels he could become a title holder in his division, Collins responded quite simply.

“If I don’t believe in myself no-one would ever believe me.”

There is no doubting he’s got people who believe in him. The likes of Hatton Promotions, Bob Shannon and his stable mates. But most importantly he has that inner self belief that is the most crucial thing for a boxer.

Finally we finished up the interview by asking Collins, a student of the game, on his prediction for the up-coming Khan – McCloskey fight.

“I think Khan will win by stoppage late on, around the 10th. McCloskey will be very tricky and he can hit too, so it will be a tough fight for Amir, a lot tougher than some think.”





‘Magic’ fails to shine

6 03 2011

Hatton: Not big enough

Matthew Hatton lost a unanimous points decision to unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez for the vacant WBC light-middleweight title.

The younger Hatton failed to follow in brother Ricky’s footsteps and bring a world title back to Britain as he was easily out-classed by the highly rated youngster.

Hatton failed to win a single round on any of the judge’s score cards, as Alvarez became the youngest ever light-middleweight world champion.

The Golden Boy prospect certainly had an easier time of it in the ring than he did out, as he originally failed to make the required weight which certainly would have embarrassed promoter and former fighter Oscar De La Hoya.

But once the weight issue was settled and the fight got under-way there was only going to be one winner.

Alvarez was too big and too powerful for the Mancunian, who had stepped up in weight – and class – to take this fight, has now admitted he will look to drop back down to his natural weight.

The Mexican was in complete control from round one as he landed a series of flurries to the head of Hatton to set the tone for the rest of the fight.

He bloodied Hatton’s nose during the second, following another series of head shots which cause his face to mark up.

Alvarez – nicknamed ‘Canelo’ – continued to dominate Hatton throughout the rounds, opening up a gash above his left eye during round four with his precise punching.

The only real blemish for the young powerhouse – inside the ring – came in the seventh when he was docked a point for an illegal blow as he punched out of the clinch, which resulted in Hatton dropping the canvas.

Despite that setback the round was still scored a 9-9, showing how dominate Saul Alvarez was in picking up the WBC light-middleweight title vacated by Manny Pacquiao.

Matthew Hatton will now look to drop down a weight and hope to gain another world title shot.