Matthew Hatton:The Fight Will Be Tough For Both of Us
Matthew Hatton is confident he can follow in the footsteps of brother Ricky and become a world champion when he faces Saul Alvarez for the vacant WBC light-middleweight title in Anaheim on Saturday night.
Hatton is a heavy underdog going into the contest against the prodigiously-talented Mexican, who is unbeaten in 36 contests since turning professional as a 15-year-old, knocking out 26 opponents.
But the 29-year-old European welterweight champion believes his greater experience in a 47-bout career spanning the past decade can prove decisive in a potentially gruelling contest.
"I genuinely think it's going to be a fantastic, exciting fight that will be very close," Hatton said.
"He's never been stopped and we're both tough fighters who take a good shot.
"I've prepared for a long, hard night. I think it's going to be an exciting fight, it's going to be great to watch and I think it's going to be very hard for both of us.
"There will be tough moments for both fighters, but I just think my extra maturity, conditioning, strength and experience will tip things in my favour."
The contest for a belt previously held by such luminaries as Tommy Hearns, Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr - and vacated by pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao last month - is set to take place at a catchweight of 150lbs - 4lbs inside the light-middleweight division's 11-stone limit.
Reports this week have suggested that Alvarez will tip the scales at 154lbs, which would see the 20-year-old lose 30% of his fight purse but leave the bout as legitimate in the eyes of the WBC.
Such a move would leave Hatton with legitimate reason to pull out of the fight, but he remains unfazed despite already stepping outside of his natural welterweight division.
"I'm quite old-school really and I wouldn't want to see a few pounds get in the way of a great fight and a brilliant opportunity," said the Mancunian, who knocked out previously unbeaten Swiss contender Roberto Belge in his last outing to prolong a nine-fight unbeaten run.
"Obviously I'd have preferred the fight to be taking place at my natural weight of 10st 7lb, but I am a big welterweight.
"My power is getting better all the time, I'm hitting harder all the time. I'm moving up in weight and if I hit Alvarez clean he'll know all about it."
Hitting Alvarez clean will be a must if Hatton is to prevail against a 20-year-old fighter tipped by many to become the man who carries the torch for the next generation of Mexico's proud fighting tradition.
"You can't knock him really," Hatton said. "From what I've seen of him he's an excellent young fighter.
"He's a good all-rounder - he can fight, he can box, he's obviously got a lot of power.
"He's only 20 years of age. I think he will go on to be the complete article."
Hatton needs to accept he is not world class material, his Surname has got him to where he is today. Hang em' up pal.Comment by fastblack on 03-06-2011
hatton is terrible a disgrace to the sport. no skills and ugly.Comment by lluisone on 03-05-2011
Well good luck champ......:boxing:Comment by apunchnotseen on 03-05-2011
Matt is in really tough with Canelo. Really sad Saul didn't even seem to care to hit the contracted weight. Bad enough he has chosen the paper champion route. The WBC seems bent on aligning with ticket sellers regardless of…Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 03-05-2011
If canelo loses to hatton he better retired thats like losing to rocky juarez past his primePost a Comment - View More User Comments (5)