Advertisement
Advertisement

Frank Warren on Alvarez-Hatton, Haye, Chisora, Murray

By Frank Warren

MATTHEW HATTON gets the chance tonight to become one of Britain's most unlikely world champions when he fights Saul Alvarez in California.

When Hatton turned professional 10 years ago, he was in the shadow of brother Ricky and most people felt Ricky had most of the talent in the family.

Matthew has plugged away, though, and his reward is a crack at the WBC light-middleweight title.

Ricky got his world-title shot at home against a great in Kostya Tszyu but one who was there to be beaten. But Matthew has to box as the away man against one of the hottest prospects in US boxing.

Alvarez, 20, comes from Mexico. He is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya and has been touted as a rising star.

A pro since he was 15, he has won 35 fights and has 28 stoppages. As they say in Mexico, he looks a tough hombre.

When the fight was made, it was apparently agreed Alvarez would weigh in four pounds inside the light-middleweight limit. That was to give Hatton more of a chance, because he is a natural welterweight.

This week though there was an almighty row over what weight Alvarez would hit the scales at, which continued last night.

Ricky has been unhappy all week. saying: "Our contract with Golden Boy Promotions stipulated both fighters come in at or under 150lbs.

"Matthew is already giving away weight to a bigger man."

When I promoted Matthew he once won a minor light-middle-weight title, but he has been a welterweight for years.

And he only has to ask his older brother about how hard it is to go up in weight at world level.

If Alvarez is half the fighter they say he is, Hatton's in trouble.

He's an honest fighter who deserves a slice of luck.

But this fight is all about making Alvarez look good - and it will be a major upset if Hatton wins.

EUROPEAN lightweight champion John Murray makes a second defence of his title on April 2 at York Hall in East London.

Spain's Karim El Ouazghari is in the opposite corner - if Murray looks good, he will be close to getting a world title shot.

John recently joined my team and he has been great to work with.

He wanted to fight Kevin Mitchell, and when that didn't happen told me he would fight whoever I put in front of him.

HATFIELD traveller Billy Joe Saunders is in talks with TV producers for a reality series based on his life in and out of the ring.

The Olympian has recovered from hand surgery and will fight again on April 2.

DAVID HAYE says that Wladimir Klitschko is close to agreeing a date on July 2 for their world heavyweight title unification fight.

But Dereck Chisora gets first crack at Klitschko. Don't count your chickens . . .

SAY what you like about Ashley Cole . . . but once a Gunner, always a gunner!

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Phatfarm1980 on 03-05-2011

Who is this nobody John Murray is fighting? The guy has had 11 fights at a low level. If John Murray ever gets to world title level, he will struggle because his level of opponents never seem to get better.…

Comment by southpaw_07 on 03-05-2011

[quote=Pure Thuggery;10188648]Who the hell put out the stupid rumors that Wlad/Chisora was off![/quote] :la: [url]http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/box/news;_ylt=An.0IYwFWzSK1ushx0_rEw9xYQM6?slug=ap-klitschko-chisora[/url]

Comment by SluggerFan on 03-05-2011

[QUOTE=Pure Thuggery;10188648]Who the hell put out the stupid rumors that Wlad/Chisora was off![/QUOTE] I think you misread the statement. I think he meant don't count your chicken's yet because if Chisora beats Wlad, there will be no Haye vs. Klit…

Comment by Baby Monkey on 03-05-2011

Warren : John Murray says he's happy to fight anyone put in front of him. NO **** SHERLOCK !! the latest name is a dud.

Comment by MOTHER DUCKER on 03-05-2011

Who the hell put out the stupid rumors that Wlad/Chisora was off!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Video: Oleksandr Gvozdyk on PPV Fight, The Future, More Video: Oscar Valdez Ready For Statement Title Win With Rueda Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, More Michael Perez vs. Petr Petrov WBA Eliminator is Ordered Postol: Of Course I Want To Beat Terence Crawford By Knockout Warren: Smith Will Be Treated as World Star After Beating Canelo Crawford's Trainer: Postol is Cashing Out, He Wanted a Check Francisco Santana on Benavidez, leans to Crawford over Postol Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev, GGG-Brook, Broner, More Video: Matias Rueda Confident of Shocking Oscar Valdez Video: Crawford's Trainer Media Interview - Two Parter Tommy Coyle Aims To Make History in Leeds Showdown Crawford Senses Fear: Postol Refused To Look Me in The Eyes Viktor Postol-Terence Crawford: Pre-Fight Report Card Canelo: Golovkin Fight Has To Happen, I Want It To Happen! Ruben Nieto Retains EBU Belt, Stops Gonzales in a War Adam Lopez Furious Over Draw: That Decision Was Bullsh*t! Muhammad Ali’s Training Camp Sold To John Madden's Son Adam Lopez Fights Reynoso To a Draw, Jonathan Guzman Next? Arum: Pacquiao Has Said 'Yes' To Fighting Terence Crawford! Jerry Odom With Crushing Knockout of Julius Jackson in Three Santana on Jose Benavidez: My Goal is To Chop The Tree Down! Ian Green With Stunning Stoppage of Khiary Gray on ShoBox Felix Verdejo-Terry Flanagan Eyed By Arum For Pacquiao Card Shumenov Says Lebedev Refusing To Fight, Calls For Purse Bid Photo: Roach Bets on Postol To Knock Crawford Out Photos: Valdez vs. Rueda, Benavidez vs. Santana Weighin Photos: Crawford, Postol Ripped and Ready For War in Vegas Gilberto Ramirez Shakes Head, Says Golovkin Being a Hypocrite Video: Orlando Salido Talks Lomachenko Rematch, More Weights: Terence Crawford 140-Pounds, Viktor Postol 139.5 LIVE STREAM: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol Weighin Photo/Weights: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Shawn Cameron Weights From San Antonio: Maidana 143.8, Maysonet 141 Valdez: This is What I've Been Dreaming About Since I Was a Kid Video: Roberto Duran Discusses His Movie, Crawford-Postol Arum Sees Anticipation Worldwide For Crawford-Postol Clash Crawford's Trainer: I KNOW How To Beat Manny Pacquiao! Adam Lopez: I'm Looking For a Breakthrough Victory on ShoBox Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Injury, Golovkin-Brook, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement