Ricky Hatton urges Kell Brook caution against Vyacheslav Senchenko

Hatton urges Brook caution
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Ricky Hatton says that Kell Brook will beat Vyacheslav Senchenko if he uses brain rather than brawn.

Ricky Hatton has backed Kell Brook to earn a shot at the IBF welterweight title as long as he uses skill to overcome Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Motorpoint Arena a week on Saturday.

The 35-year-old urged the Sheffield fighter not get involved in a war with the former WBA World welterweight champion, and pointed to Paulie Malignaggi's masterclass in Ukraine last year to show that Senchenko can be out-boxed.

"He's a lot tougher than he looks," Hatton told reporters. "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 out boxed 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."

Hatton was stopped in the ninth round of his comeback fight against Senchenko in November of last year.

Kell Brook in action in his International Welterweight match against Carson Jones on July 13, 2013
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