Advertisement
Advertisement

M. Hatton: I Want To Avenge Ricky, Face Senchenko

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

A HATTON will hit the boos in South Africa when one of Britain’s most popular fighters walks into the lion’s den tonight.

Matthew ‘The Magic Man’ Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky, challenges local hero Chris van Heerden for the IBO welterweight crown in Johannesburg.

And the likeable 31-year-old Mancunian knows that he will be the most disliked man around when he climbs into the ring.

He has been in Johannesburg for two weeks acclimatising for a fight in which he is aware that he will be a target for the boo-boys.

But he knows the jeers he gets from the crowd will not compare to the kind of hate he faced when losing bravely on points to Mexican star Saul Alvarez two years ago.

Hatton said: “In all honesty, it’s down to a person’s character.

“I’m quite a stubborn character, so it’s never really bothered me.

“I remember when I fought Alvarez in California and there must have been 15,000 Mexicans there, all baying for my blood.

“I won’t repeat what they were saying to me! But that kind of thing just pumps me up and allows me to get the best out of myself.

“I can handle whatever insults they throw at me.

“I am ready for this contest, so what the crowd do won’t affect me in any way.”

Hatton was outpointed by Kell Brook last March and must win tonight to keep alive his big-fight ambitions.

Van Heerden, 25, has won 18 contests, suffered one controversial defeat and drew another battle which he later avenged.

Hatton added: “He’s certainly a good fighter, but I don’t think he is half as good as he thinks he is.

“He seems to think he’s a legend in his own head. It’s a big ask for me, fighting somewhere that is a long way from Manchester, but I can rise to the challenge.

“If I win, there are a lot of big fighters that I am capable of winning against.

“There’s obviously Vyacheslav Senchenko, who beat Ricky. That wasn’t nice for me to see.

“I’d like to get revenge over him.”

VAN HEERDEN v Hatton will form one half of a doubleheader on BoxNation (Sky 437/ Virgin 546) from 7pm tonight. The second part of the action comes from America later in the night and features Richard Abril and Sharif Bogere challenging for the vacant WBA lightweight title.

Tags: Matthew Hatton image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fighting_Pride on 03-03-2013

there goes the neighborhood

Comment by Russian Crushin on 03-02-2013

Too bad you won't even beat Heerden

Comment by badnewsbrown on 03-02-2013

[QUOTE=TGD;13101861]European level fighter. Senchenko would beat him.[/QUOTE] That's all Senchenko is too, European level.

Comment by prinzemanspopa on 03-02-2013

Holy sh^t, it's Matthew Hatton!

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 03-02-2013

[quote=flint] is there anymore " magic man" boxing nicknames? so far theres tarver,malignnagi,and hatton. [/quote] You forgot Olivares from last night. Lol [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Terence Crawford Drops, Dominates Postol To Unify Titles Crawford vs. Postol LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Oscar Valdez Crushes Rueda in Two, Wins WBO Title Jose Benavidez Decisions Francisco Santana in Bruising Bout Gvozdyk Gets Off The Floor To Stop Karpency in Six Maidana Breaks Down Maysonet In Six Rounds Ryota Murata Demolishes Comanche Boy in One Round Roach Admits Confusion in Golovkin-Ward Comments Fabian Maidana Aims To Emerge From Marcos' Shadow Lenny Zappavigna Stops Ik Yang in Six Rounds Video: Jose Benavidez Pumped For Santana Showdown Salido: They Have To Pay Me A lot For Lomachenko, Vargas! Crawford vs. Postol LIVE Results From Las Vegas Roach: Brook Has NO Shot To Beat Gennady Golovkin Video: David Benavidez Discusses His Future, Return, More Video: Francisco Santana Ready For War With Benavidez Crawford Not Concerned About Postol’s Height, Reach Edge Wilder, Arreola Test Clean For All Banned Substances Eleider Alvarez-Robert Berridge Set For PBC Card Video: Viktor Postol Ready To Put on a Show With Crawford Roach: I Want Pacquiao To Fight at Least Two More Times 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?
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement