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De La Hoya: Canelo Beating Hatton Will Bring Big Things

By Leo Gonzalez

The seven-time world champion, Oscar De La Hoya, is fully convinced that his boxer, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, will exceed what other great figures of Mexican boxing have accomplished. De La Hoya, was present at all of the public events to promote the fight between "Canelo" and Matthew Hatton, which takes place on March 5 for the the world super welterweight championship of the WBC, at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

"We will support our champion. He may be the next great figure not only for Mexico but for all Latinos, for the entire race. He may be the next Chavez, De La Hoya and Ali."

- What did you see that made you bring him to Golden Boy Promotions?

"The fact is, he all of the necessary qualities needed to be champion, not only in the ring but outside as well. He has endurance, he's fast, strong, intelligent, and thinks in there. His feet move well, he can box and obviously the fact that many women follow him. The fans want to see a great show and he hits hard. "

- Do you identify with him?

"Sure, but he is in a position where he can be bigger than anyone in this sport. He is only twenty-years-old, and in that position I was lucky enough to have the whole world seeing me in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, but he already has the support of all the Mexicans. Winning this fight will make him the pride of all Hispanics in the U.S. and he is slowly capturing the attention of the public worldwide, so it's going in the right direction."

- What would follow if he won, when we will see against fighters with big names?

"Against Mosley, Cotto, Angulo, Mayweather and Pacquiao. That depends because his next fight is a difficult test. Pressure is knowing how to react in your first fight for a title, mentally, physically, and being the star on HBO's After Dark. That is a lot of pressure for a young man. If I see that he's ready, we will sit down with Team Canelo to decide his next fight. "

- What is your prediction?

"It's a tough fight, Matthew Hatton is well prepared, has stamina, he's complicated, but I believe that if he were to get tired, by the tenth, eleventh and twelfth rounds Canelo can stop him or knock him out"

- If he was knocked out quicker, would you surprised?

"I'd be very surprised if he knocked him out in the first four rounds because Hatton has a good chin and a lot of stamina."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lluisone on 03-03-2011

Even de la hoya knows canelo its going to win ......thi is a joke :boxing:

Comment by puga on 03-03-2011

[QUOTE=SluggerFan;10178635]I believe this kid isn't ready for a 'real' title shot but this fight is a good gauge of how far he is. [B]Could you imagine if he was fighting an Antonio Margarito or James Kirkland next?[/B] Now that would…

Comment by Drunk Punch on 03-03-2011

Beating Magic Matt will prove nothing, but the WBC will hand him a gift championship belt for fighting a B- grade WW. I feel sorry for the guys who worked for their rankings and fought eliminators (like Ryan Rhodes) just…

Comment by komandante on 03-03-2011

Oscar ha ha ha, Mathew Hatton is far from an elite fighter, he struggles with Lovemore NDou in Manchester. Beating him means nothing, JMM is the only elite fighter GBP has but plans to stay away from GBP.:*******:

Comment by superchile on 03-02-2011

after hear canelo in an interview saying he wanted to challenge juan manuel marquez right after saturdays fight made me think this guy is delusional ,he is not ready a world title i just hope he does not become another…

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