British ring icons Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe both presented fight cards on Friday in the U.K. On Hatton’s card at the Velodrome in Manchester, England, three-time world title challenger Michael Brodie (36-3-1, 24 KOs) returned to the ring after a four year layoff to get a fourth round stoppage over Mark Alexander (8-4) in a super featherweight bout. It was all but easy, however. The 35-year-old Brodie was down in rounds one and three, but managed to drop Alexander in the fourth and get the stoppage moments later. On the same card, former Commonwealth welterweight champion Craig Watson (14-3, 4 KOs) not unexpectedly got back in the win column beating professional loser Matt Scriven (13-54, 1 KO).
Calzaghe’s card took place at the Newport Leisure Centre in Newport, Wales as former WBA super lightweight world champion Gavin Rees (28-1, 14 KOs) returned for the first time since losing his world title to Andreas Kotelnik in March 2008. Rees wasn’t taking any chances in his comeback fight, going against Johnny Greaves (2-37, 1 KO), whom he stopped in four. In the headliner from Wales, former Commonwealth light middleweight titlist Bradley Pryce (28-7, 17 KOs) outpointed Michael Monaghan (18-26, 2 KOs) over ten. By the way, Calzaghe will soon be showing his footwork as a contestant on the new BBC TV series of “Strictly Come Dancing.”