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Hatton poised to face Alvarez, Khan to clash with Peterson


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Matthew Hatton is on the verge of securing the biggest fight of his life against Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez.

 

And in a year of blockbusters for Manchester boxing, Amir Khan is set to return to the MEN Arena in April when he defends his WBA light-welterweight title against Lamont Peterson.

 

Hatton’s proposed clash with the undefeated Alvarez would take place Stateside, in a bout that the European welterweight champion hopes will finally make him a global star.

 

US promoters Golden Boy are in the final stages of negotiations with Hatton Promotions for a March 5 date.

 

The Honda Center, in Anaheim, California, and Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre are both possible venues for a fight that would be the biggest payday of Hatton’s career.

 

MEN Sport revealed on Tuesday that 20-year-old Alvarez was Hatton’s top target if he couldn’t secure a world title shot against WBA champion Viacheslav Senchenko.

 

“Alvarez is a big name in America,” he said. “He’s a superstar over there. I’ve always been up for a challenge and that’s one I’d relish.”

 

Alvarez had been lined up for a title fight with Senchenko himself. But after that clash fell through, Golden Boy were desperate to find an opponent to help build on his soaring reputation.

 

Hatton fits the bill perfectly, with his brother Ricky still a huge name across the Atlantic.

 

Victory for either man will almost certainly secure a world title shot later in the year.

 

Alvarez is one of the rising stars in world boxing, having racked up a record of 35 wins and one draw all by the age of 20.

 

He is expected to become one of the biggest names in the sport over the next 12 months and will present Hatton with the sternest test of his credentials to challenge for a world title.

 

Khan has already proved himself one of the top fighters on the planet following his stunning victory against Marcos Maidana last month and plans to make the fourth defence of his title when he makes a homecoming this year.

 

The Bolton star is also on the verge of putting pen to paper on his next fight – and despite talking up the prospect of a clash with Victor Ortiz, it is Peterson who has been chosen as the ideal opponent to capture the attention of British audiences.

 

A date of April 16 has been set for his next fight and he has chosen the venue for his world title success against Andriy Kotelnik for his first appearance in the UK since defeating Dmitriy Salita in December 2009.

 

Khan plans to face the winner of Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander, who fight on January 29, in a bid to unify the light-welterweight division later in the year. Bradley fully expects to come through that clash and insists he has seen nothing to frighten him in Khan.

 

“Khan was outstanding against Marcos Maidana,” he said. “He showed a lot of guts and will in that fight, and fought like a true champion.

 

“I told him so after the fight. Khan’s a great fighter but I didn’t see anything to worry me. Styles make fights and I feel like I’ve got a good style to beat him.”

 

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The Peterson fight is somewhat underwhelming from Khan.

He may be good, but is probably the last guy I'd be interested in seeing him fight, particularly coming off a loss and a draw (that were as good as 2 losses anywa) in his last 3 fights.

 

 

, I know its off topic BB, but i'll just say if i was as blatantly robbed the way Sturm was against Oscar, just so the superfight could carry on i'd want protecting.

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The Peterson fight is somewhat underwhelming from Khan.

He may be good, but is probably the last guy I'd be interested in seeing him fight, particularly coming off a loss and a draw (that were as good as 2 losses anywa) in his last 3 fights.

 

 

, I know its off topic BB, but i'll just say if i was as blatantly robbed the way Sturm was against Oscar, just so the superfight could carry on i'd want protecting.

 

Yeah, he was robbed against Oscar, totally agree with you, but he should have been cashing in on the respect he gained from that fight alone, and instead, he's sat back and fought a series of underwhelming opponents...

In reality, he's still living off the "loss" to Oscar even now.

He's done little to nothing since, and there's protection, and then there's avoiding every available challenge, and unfortunately Sturm falls into the latter category.

Just check his latest opponent for confirmation...

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I hope someone in the press asks Amir, Why he is fighting a non entity like Petersen and causing a huge fight between Klitschko and Haye. Petersen on PPV, what a piss take.

 

I'm well aware its not Amirs fault but why is this fight in the way of a fight people want to see. I maybe wrong and 100's of threads on different forums will pop up about this fight but I doubt it. Adam Smith is now the new man in charge at Sky, well Adam your off to a shit start mate.

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