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http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2011/02/alvarez-and-hatton-will-fight-for-wbc.html

 

Phil D. Jay

 

The Honda Centre bill on March 5th in California has received a huge boost at the news that the top of the bill fight between Mexican superstar Saul Alvarez and Britain’s Matthew Hatton, will be for the WBC light-middleweight championship.

 

It will be a first world title tilt for both Hatton, 29, and Alvarez, 20, who were only expected to face each other for the Silver title when the bout was signed, but after Manny Pacquaio relinquished the title in the past couple of weeks, the speculation grew.

 

Golden Boy, who are promoting the fight, were keen on getting number one contender Alvarez (35-0-1) his deserved shot and they haven’t been disappointed, which also works out great for former European champion Hatton (41-4-2), who was eyeing a shot at the WBA title, before signing to fight “El Canelo.”

 

The Manchester fighter is looking to emulate his brother Ricky, who fought his way to the light-welterweight title in the UK, before travelling to Boston in the US to dethrone Luis Collazo in 2006 and eventually claimed six world titles in his career in total.

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Anyime you hear about a young Mexican fighter fighting for the WBC title, you can almost bet that across the Ring from him will be the weakest challenger they can get by with.....from the couple times I've seen him and what you guys hear have told me, Matt Hatton fits the bill. It's almost universal when any of you guys have spoken of Ricky's younger Brother, it's always been the same, "good for a domestic fighter BUT......." reply.
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="davemurphy" data-cite="davemurphy" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="6637" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Anyime you hear about a young Mexican fighter fighting for the WBC title, you can almost bet that across the Ring from him will be the weakest challenger they can get by with.....from the couple times I've seen him and what you guys hear have told me, Matt Hatton fits the bill. It's almost universal when any of you guys have spoken of Ricky's younger Brother, it's always been the same, "good for a domestic fighter BUT......." reply.</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Yeah, I've always thought he was a mediocre fighter, who spent too long hanging off his brother's coat-tails.</p><p> He's had some nice wins lately though. I don't know whether this points to a significant improvement or some good fortune, but either way, Alvarez should annihilate him....</p>
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I thought Matthew Hatton was a Welterweight?

 

He is.

 

Then again, Alvarez has often fought at 147 lbs too, so I think they just were gifted a shot at a vacant title outwith their weight category and decided to go for it.

Don't know where this leaves genuine light middleweights who have bided their time for a shot, but you can't really take anything the sanctioning bodies do nowadays, seriously...

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I thought Matthew Hatton was a Welterweight?

 

He is.

 

Then again, Alvarez has often fought at 147 lbs too, so I think they just were gifted a shot at a vacant title outwith their weight category and decided to go for it.

Don't know where this leaves genuine light middleweights who have bided their time for a shot, but you can't really take anything the sanctioning bodies do nowadays, seriously...

 

They are both natural 147 fighters, really dont get it, another terrible decision by WBC, Ryan Rhodes deserved it more than M Hatton imo.

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Anyime you hear about a young Mexican fighter fighting for the WBC title, you can almost bet that across the Ring from him will be the weakest challenger they can get by with.....from the couple times I've seen him and what you guys hear have told me, Matt Hatton fits the bill. It's almost universal when any of you guys have spoken of Ricky's younger Brother, it's always been the same, "good for a domestic fighter BUT......." reply.

 

hes a decent domestic fighter, but he's not even the best Welterweight we've got domestically,Id have him at number 3 behind Kell Brook and Michael jennings personally. Hes certainly not the best light middle we've got

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This is a fooking farce. It is not only a poor decision in terms of the belt, it actually makes the fight more of a mismatch than before IMO. Alvarez seems a big welter and at his age seems destined to move up the weights anyhow. Hatton on the other hand has settled at welter and if family lines are anything to go by then going up in weight might be disastrous for him.
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