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 Last update:  3/3/2013       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Van Heerden Had Vision Issues in Victory Over Hatton
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South African IBO welterweight champion Chris 'The Heat' van Heerden secured a bruising points victory over England's Matthew Hatton at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday night.

With blood pouring from a cut on his right eye and nose, Van Heerden's courage, enthusiasm, speed of foot and punching power proved a little too much for a never-say-die, but limited Hatton.

For all this, the dour, rugged contest appeared a great deal closer than that proclaimed by the judges, who saw the outcome 118-110, 117-112 and 116-112 in favour of the title holder.

“In the fourth and fifth rounds Hatton was just a blur because of the bleeding from my eye, but my corner men did a great job and I was able to keep going until the end,” Van Heerden said afterwards.

With both boxers guilty of persistent clinching, the referee at times seemed to be working hardest in the ring while separating Van Heerden and Hatton.

The opponents had made no bones at Friday's final weigh-in about the damage they intended to inflict during the fight, and both absorbed a barrage of punches without flinching.

Tags: Matthew Hatton , Chris Van Heerden , Hatton-Van Heerden , Hatton vs Van Heerden



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comment by Tonyu, on 03-04-2013
This was good performance by Van Heerden it is difficult to fight with Blood pouring in your eye from so early in the fight - his class showed - They need to put him in with more better opposition going forward and I would like to see how he will progress a fight maybe by the end of the year wou...

comment by lutenco, on 03-03-2013
horrible fight to watch

comment by simonihirst, on 03-03-2013
Im glad to see Hatton lost. Had he have won, it would have been a bit of a sham. Hatton is hard, but hes no world champion in any form. I dislike this is called a world title fight.

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