JUNIOR WITTER is backing stablemate Kell Brook to beat Matthew Hatton and to follow in his footsteps of becoming world champion.
The former WBC title holder at light-welterweight believes that a ruthless streak running through welterweight ‘Special K’ will allow the 25-year-old to become the next world champion from the famed Wincobank gym.
Despite Brook being an odds on favourite for Saturday’s showdown at the Motorpoint Arena, Hatton did go the distance with Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez, the same opponent who forced a late stoppage on Ryan Rhodes.
Speaking from Magdeburg, Germany, where he’s currently sparring Dejan Zavec ahead of a British title shot against champion Colin Lynes at the end of May, Witter said: “It’s going to be a good fight and I believe that Matthew will bring the best out of Kell,” he said.
“It’s a tough fight because Matthew is tough; he proved that against Alvarez but the difference is that when Kell smells blood he’s like a shark.
“I can see Kell stopping him. He’s quick, strong and when he’s in the ring he’s cold-hearted. All of which you need to be a world champion.”
Witter aged 38, added: “The sparring is good over here. Dejan has been world champion before and he’s tough and strong. I want to win the British title again because it’s 10 years since I last had it and then step back up to world level.”
On the undercard at what will be a packed Arena is Parson Cross super-middleweight Wayne Reed. He fights former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Eamonn O’Kane from Dungiven in Northern Ireland. There will be a public weigh-in at Meadowhall tomorrow from 1.30pm near the Oasis Dining Quarter.
Over 9,000 tickets have already been sold for the show although limited tickets remain priced £30 and £100 from the Arena Box Office on 0114 256 5656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.