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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Hatton offers advice to Brook

By Dan Rafael

If anybody knows how effective former welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine can be, it’s Ricky Hatton, the retired British star and two-division titleholder.

After getting brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in the second round in 2009, Hatton retired but made a comeback last November to face Senchenko.

Senchenko, who had lost his world title to Paulie Malignaggi via ninth-round, cut-induced knockout in April 2012 in Ukraine, went to Hatton’s hometown of Manchester and Hatton looked pretty good early. He was winning through eight rounds, but then Senchenko cut down Hatton with a left hand to the body in the ninth round. Knocked out for the second consecutive fight, Hatton announced his retirement again after the fight.

Now Senchenko (34-1, 23 KOs) is headed back to England to take on welterweight contender Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KOs) on Oct. 26 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Brook’s hometown. Hatton has a little advice for Brook.

"He's a lot tougher than he looks," Hatton said of Senchenko. "He's a tall boxer-type but he's not a skilful boxer. Kell is a really good boxer and Paulie showed that Vyacheslav can be outboxed. So if Kell chooses to box him rather than go to war with him, like I did, and picks his moments when to put it to him, I think he will do the business."

The card also includes England's Brian Rose (24-1-1, 7 KOs) facing Argentina's Javier Maciel (27-2, 20 KOs) in a junior middleweight final elimination bout and 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (1-0, 1 KO) in second professional fight.