‘Magic’ fails to shine

6 03 2011

Hatton: Not big enough

Matthew Hatton lost a unanimous points decision to unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez for the vacant WBC light-middleweight title.

The younger Hatton failed to follow in brother Ricky’s footsteps and bring a world title back to Britain as he was easily out-classed by the highly rated youngster.

Hatton failed to win a single round on any of the judge’s score cards, as Alvarez became the youngest ever light-middleweight world champion.

The Golden Boy prospect certainly had an easier time of it in the ring than he did out, as he originally failed to make the required weight which certainly would have embarrassed promoter and former fighter Oscar De La Hoya.

But once the weight issue was settled and the fight got under-way there was only going to be one winner.

Alvarez was too big and too powerful for the Mancunian, who had stepped up in weight – and class – to take this fight, has now admitted he will look to drop back down to his natural weight.

The Mexican was in complete control from round one as he landed a series of flurries to the head of Hatton to set the tone for the rest of the fight.

He bloodied Hatton’s nose during the second, following another series of head shots which cause his face to mark up.

Alvarez – nicknamed ‘Canelo’ – continued to dominate Hatton throughout the rounds, opening up a gash above his left eye during round four with his precise punching.

The only real blemish for the young powerhouse – inside the ring – came in the seventh when he was docked a point for an illegal blow as he punched out of the clinch, which resulted in Hatton dropping the canvas.

Despite that setback the round was still scored a 9-9, showing how dominate Saul Alvarez was in picking up the WBC light-middleweight title vacated by Manny Pacquiao.

Matthew Hatton will now look to drop down a weight and hope to gain another world title shot.

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2 responses

8 03 2011
Joe McQuoid

I thought Hatton showed great heart and resilience to take the fight the distance. Alverez outclassed him technically, and looks like he will have a big future in Boxing. Have we just witnessed a top prospect take his first steps to
becoming a future great in the sport?

9 03 2011
sweetscienceuk

I agree Joe. Hatton definitely showed heart and resilience to go the distance, sadly I don’t think he’s got the skill set to win a world title. He might find some success back in his own division; but to win a world title I’m not so sure he’s got it in his locker.

Alvarez though is definitely on his way to becoming a star in the business. De La Hoya really rates and is putting a lot of money behind him as he believes he is Mexico’s next big thing.

I’d like to see him in there with some genuine world class talent though; maybe a Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams or even Yuri Foreman.

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