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Magic Matthew Hatton gets a shot at the world title

The younger of the Hatton brothers was yesterday given the chance at the World welterweight title by the WBC

Posted Feb 17, 2011 by Shaun Edwards

Matthew Hatton

Yesterday saw the announcement that ‘Magic’ had been waiting for. The WBC confirmed on Wednesday that Matthew Hatton’s upcoming clash with the undefeated Mexican Saul Alvarez on 5th March will be upgraded to a title fight.

Officials at the WBC said “The winner of the bout will inherit the title WBC World Welterweight title”.The title that has now been vacated by the Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao when he opted for a showdown with Shane Mosley to defend the crown he won when he beat Margarito back in November. Pacquiao, for want of a better phrase, has been sitting on the title for some time now and the WBC’s judgement will be music to Hatton's cauliflower ears as he is given the chance to challenge for the world title belt.

The 29 year old Manchester boxer said that he had been waiting his whole career for an opportunity like this and that he couldn’t describe just how excited he was. Hatton said that he was already fired up for his bout with the Mexican but this just adds the hunger.

So what’s the likely outcome?

Alvarez is currently ranked world #2 in the WBC welterweight division and has seen through all 36 fights as a professional boxer without a single loss. Like many Mexican boxing legends before him, such as Danny Lopez, Alvarez has red hair and his nickname - El Canelo - which translated means cinnamon, is a moniker that derives from this.

Alvarez seems to be the favourite in these early stages because he is held by many to be the next great Mexican boxing champ and with 26 knockouts under his belt at just 20 years of age it is little surprise he has such a great reputation.

The young boxer is keen to get some exposure on the world stage too and fight for his chance at a world title. He said he wants 2011 to be the year he wins a WBC worldwide belt.

Matthew Hatton meanwhile is the current European welterweight champion and although nine years older than his Mexican rival has only 11 more fights experience. Magic also has four losses to his name which is certainly outshone by Alvarez’s unblemished record.

He may be little brother to former two-weight champion Ricky, but ‘Magic’ certainly isn’t one to be messed with - he is also the UK’s Welterweight champ and has 41 wins to his name, 16 by knockout. Matthew seems to be on form recently though comfortably beating his last three opponents which included the likes of Yuriy Nuzhnenko and Gianluca Branco.

It is certainly going to be a close contest and one that’s not to be missed. We will of course keep you updated here on Imagine Boxing as events progress.

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