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Alvarez takes the WBC title

20 year old Mexican rising star Alvarez clinches the WBC title over magic Matthew Hatton

Posted Mar 06, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up

Saul Alvarez

The undefeated Mexican Saul Alvarez at just 20 years old, last night became the youngest WBC light-middleweight world champion beating British boxer Matthew Hatton in California.

The title which was previously held by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao was hotly contested by the pair until the bout was eventually decided on points in favour of the young Mexican.

Alvarez says he is going to be the next big name in Mexican boxing and after a performance like last night who can really challenge such a bold statement.

He bloodied Hatton’s nose in the second round after a flurry of solid blows from the Mexican before opening a gash over Hatton’s left eye in round four. Alvarez showed his age in the seventh round when he punched Hatton whilst the two were being pushed apart by the referee – his action conceding a point for the Mexican.

Hatton, brother to The Hitman Ricky, battled hard throughout and having been tipped to be the world champion, the title was awarded to Alvarez on points by unanimous decision. The Briton fought hard but Alvarez claimed a unanimous decision to win the WBC title. For Hatton, this is his fifth defeat in 48 fights and he admitted that he will now be looking to return to his more familiar weight (welterweight) citing Alvarez’s sheer size and weight as reasons for his defeat.

Magic Matthew had the option to pull-out when Alvarez weighed in on Friday at two pounds over the agreed weight but the 29 year old from Stockport subscribed to the challenge and decided to proceed with the fight. Hatton admitted that Alvarez was a fantastic fighter and despite the blood and apparent injuries, the Mexican didn’t hurt him, it was just a difference in size. Matthew said that he didn’t want to turn the fight down because the chance to box for a big title doesn’t come along all that often.

According to the judges, Alvarez, who is fast becoming one of Mexico’s biggest celebrities, won every round except the seventh (when he was docked a point) and it was a unanimous decision that the bout ended 119-108.

We talked back in February of Saul Alvarez (or El Canelo as he has become known) looking to gain world-stage exposure and how this contest was going to be a really close call. Last night’s performance shows Alvarez is destined to go far in the world of boxing and he could be one of the finest fighters of our time having won 32 consecutive fights since turning professional at just 15 years old.

It will be interesting to see the direction Alvarez takes now as he looks to reportedly take on the biggest and the best in the business. Also where next for Matthew Hatton who had been on a winning streak for some time now until being stopped in his tracks last night by the boxer with cinnamon hair...

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