By Joe Delaney, courtesy of The Daily Star
MATTHEW HATTON believes he is a hop, skip and jump away from a world title after putting kangaroo on the menu.
Matthew Hatton has been scoffing half a pound of grilled roo and ostrich meat daily ahead of tomorrow’s vacant WBC light-middleweight title battle against Saul Alvarez in California.
His nutritionist Samir Kiami ordered the exotic nosh before they flew to America, and chefs at Hatton’s hotel near California’s Disneyland grill him a plate of Skippy meat every night.
The Mancunian believes the protein-packed meats will help him shock Mexican sensation Alvarez, 20, who is undefeated in 36 fights.
Light-middleweight Hatton, 29, said: “I’ve eaten so much kangaroo meat that Alvarez won’t be able to catch me because I’ll be hopping all over the ring.”
He even persuaded big brother Ricky to taste the delicacy when they dined on Wednesday, and added: “Kangaroo meat actually tastes quite nice.
“Hard work and determination have got me to this stage, but the kangaroo meat helps my weight.”
Most of the boxing world predicts a heavy defeat against Alvarez but Hatton has no regrets about stepping up a weight division to take his chance.
Days after signing to face Alvarez he was offered a softer option against Frenchman Souleymane M’Baye with the WBA world welterweight crown on the line.
He added: “I have never ducked anybody in my life and what a fantastic opportunity this is.
“If you want to be a world champion you can’t choose your opponents and when this fight came up I took it in a split second.
“Alvarez is a fantastic prospect considering he is so young but I’m the better fighter.
“In his last two fights he beat Lovemore Ndou and Carlos Baldomir, who were both 39 years old and once good but had had their day.
“He won’t have fought anyone as good as me, as fit and strong as me.”
Laid-back Hatton is not getting upset over a weight row that overshadowed fight week preparations
Under WBC rules, both fighters can weigh 11stone but the fighters had privately agreed on a limit of 10st 10lb [150-pounds].
Hatton said: “The weight issue is not on my mind and I will only worry about it if he comes in above 10st 10lb.”