October 11th 1997 was the last time the Steel City of Sheffield hosted a big night of boxing.
That night Jose Badillo faced Sheffield’s own Prince Naseem Hamed in a sell out at the Sheffield Arena. Nearly 15 years later and another big show is on the way as the city’s newest star Kell Brook continues his march towards world glory.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed today that Brook will face Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena on March 17th. Fresh off the back of his American debut in December, Brook is on the verge of world glory and currently sitting pretty in the world rankings with all four major governing bodies.
Victory over Hatton in front of a packed home crowd will set Brook up perfectly for a World Title shot later in the year. Comparisons are often drawn between Brook and Hamed because the pair are friends and both learnt their trade under the watchful eye of Brendan Ingle at his boxing club on Wincobank Hill. Brook is now on the verge of becoming a household name around the world just like his idol Hamed did.
However, Hatton will have other ideas and will be making the short trip from Manchester to spoil the party come fight night. The 30-year old has had a quiet time of late with just one bout since his defeat to WBC 154lb king Saul Alvarez last March. Hatton knows that victory over the highly regarded Brook would fire him right back into world title contention and that makes him a dangerous man who should not be taken lightly.
Undercard support will be provided by Darren Barker and Lee Purdy who will face off against Adnan Amar for the English Welterweight title with more names set to be announced closer to the bout.
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