As Kell Brook announces his all-British clash with Matthew Hatton in March, the brash Sheffield puncher serves as a timely reminder of how easy it can be for impressionable, green-around-the-gills youngsters to fall, or be dragged, off the rails.
Brook has had his share of brushes with the law and lapses of commitment. In 2010 he was convicted of assault after an altercation in a club (punches were thrown) and popular belief was that a special talent could be withering on the good time vine.
Brook's conviction was overturned on appeal, and in 2011 he had the courage to ditch influential promoter Frank Warren and sign up with Barry Hearn's Matchroom outfit. At 25 years of age, and after a satisfactory American debut, that undoubted talent finally appears to be bearing fruit.
It's perhaps not surprising that the origins of the Brook-Hatton encounter owe much to the bottle -- Brook recounts that he was motivated to make the fight after Hatton left him a boozy phone message in which ...