Kell homing in on world title shot

War of the Roses'Kell Brook vs Matthew Hatton
War of the Roses'Kell Brook vs Matthew Hatton

THE Special One is edging closer to a world title shot.

But Kell Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle has promised to keep the fighter grounded, literally.

After watching the Grenoside boxer extend his unbeaten streak to 27 bouts with a unanimous points victory over Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Ingle has claimed Brook is ready to take on any of the top five welterweights in the world.

However, Ingle has told The Telegraph he wants Brook to carry on fighting in Sheffield for the foreseeable future rather than on the other side of the pond.

“I would prefer Kell to box over here like Ricky Hatton did,” said Ingle. “Ricky fought one of the best champions ever in Kostya Zu and he sold out the MEN Arena in Manchester and won it.

“I would like Kell to box for a world title in Sheffield where at least he would have a 50/50 chance of winning it rather than going abroad, taking a risk and hoping it happens.

“We have had a lot of kids go over to America recently and they are all getting beat in the lion’s den.”

Brook made his American debut before Christmas but Ingle says: “It is case of him carrying on and building up his fan base. If you are selling out Sheffield Arena, you must be doing something right.

“Six months ago he was filling Ponds Forge with 1,800 people so that shows you how far he has come.”

In front of the Sky cameras, Brook broke Hatton’s nose in the opening round.

Brook’s jab constantly kept Hatton on the back foot and his variety of shots proved too much for the Mancunian, the younger brother of boxer turned promoter Ricky, as he outclassed him throughout to clinch the IBF International title.

Ingle said: “It would have been great if Kell could have knocked him out in front of his home crowd but Matthew knows all the tricks.

“Fair play to him for getting through the fight because he took some heavy shots and he deserved to see the finishing post.

“Matthew is a tough kid. Kell did a lot of damage to him early on.”

Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz and Paulie Malignaggi have been talked about as possible opponents for Brook, who is set to return to the ring in Sheffield this summer.