Matthew Hatton says winning a world title against Saul Alvarez will get him respect
By William Mackay: EBU welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (41-4-1, 16 KO’s) figures that he’ll be able to earn a lot of respect if he can beat undefeated Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KO’s) if Hatton can beat the Mexican on March 5th and capture the vacant WBC junior middleweight title at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, California.
However, Hatton might be a deluded if he thinks that beating a young fighter like 20-year-old Alvarez is going to win him world wide respect, because he’s not going to get a ton of respect for this fight because many people don’t understand how either of these guys can be fighting for the WBC title when there are clearly better contenders in the division that were skipped over for this fight.
Alvarez is totally green and unproven, despite all the fights on his resume. usually fighters with as many fights as Alvarez has are advanced far in their career. However, Alvarez has been matched quickly against little more than C level fighters during his six-year pro career. Alvarez is taking the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. approach to his career, and facing the 29-year-old Hatton instead of Alfredo Angulo, Kermit Cintron or Erislandy Lara, tells you all you need to know about Alvarez.
Speaking with the Mirror.co.uk, Hatton said “There also can be just one Matthew Hatton. Winning a world title will get me the respect.”
I doubt it. Beating Alvarez won’t give Hatton respect outside of the UK. For Hatton to get the respect that he wants, he’ll have to fight Angulo, beat him convincingly, and then beat Lara and Cintron. Once those guys are out of the way, then Hatton will get the respect that he craves so badly. The problem is Hatton would likely get knocked out by all of them, so it’s kind of silly for Hatton to be talking about getting respect. That’s a pipe dream on his part.
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