The Yorkshireman made his ring walk to a rapturous welcome and with a 9,000 strong clan of Yorkshire fans behind him, produced his best performance to date against the brave Mancunian.
Brook easily took the first four rounds without breaking sweat, bloodying Hatton’s nose and frustrating the former European champion through the middle rounds to build an unassailable lead on the scorecards. The WBA Inter-Continental champion planted some hard shots on Hatton’s chin that rocked his opponent on more than one occasion leading into the second half of the fight.
Hatton’s best moment in the fight was a sweet left hook that seemed to make Brook have a second thought, but the 25 year-old came back strong and never wavered from his obvious plan to keep the pressure on throughout.
From the ninth round on, Brook could sense the crowd’s anticipation and went for the stoppage. He caught Hatton with a shot early in the round which seemed to knock him off balance and a second shot put him down to the crowd’s delight.
Whether the blow caused a stumble or a knockdown is irrelevant as Marcus McDonnell scored it, adding to Hatton’s already impossible job. Brook then saw out the final three rounds without incident to claim a 119-107, 119-108, 118-109 victory and set himself up for at least a world title eliminator.