Hatton vs. Alvarez: Is there a chance Matthew won’t get brutally knocked out by Saul on 3/5?
By Scott Gilfoid: The way I see this fight, Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KO’s) has about a zero percent chance of finishing this fight on his feet against the hard hitting WBC Silver junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KO’s) on March 5th at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, California.
It’s not that Alvarez is a great fighter, because he’s pretty limited in terms of boxing skills. He’s slow, defenseless, and utterly inexperienced. But Alvarez can punch with his right hand and Hatton, 29, is little more than a European level fighter with little power, speed or boxing skills. He’s incredibly beatable, not just to a limited slugger like Alvarez, but to a whole bunch of fighters in the welterweight division. But by putting him in with the bigger, stronger 20-year-old Alvarez, I see nothing but bad things coming from this for Hatton.
It’s sad that Hatton doesn’t see it. I kind of see it as a lottery-type gambling move by Hatton. He seems to be willing to bet that he can pull off a once in a lifetime upset that will make this risk worth it.
In a press release sent out today, Hatton said “It is a big step up in class for me, but I have proven myself at European level and I am ready to move on. I will take on all-comers and the experience I have of fighting in big Las Vegas bills on my brother’s undercard will be a great help. I am going there to win and prove that I belong in world class.”
It’s so sad. Hatton has no chance of winning this fight, and he seems to be the only one that doesn’t realize that he doesn’t have a chance in this fight. Hatton is more at home beating limited fighters like Roberto Belge, Gianluca Branco and Yuriy Nuzhnenko. Those are guys Hatton does well against, but not sluggers and especially not a hulking brute like Alvarez. This is going to be a massacre on epic proportion’s.
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