Matthew Hatton wants Amir Khan
By John F. McKenna (McJack): After his points win over Andrei Abramenka (15-1, 3 KO’s) last Friday night in Blackpool, England, Matthew Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO’s) has his sights on WBA/IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan.
Matthew Hatton is the brother of the retired but still very popular Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. In his previous fight in March Matthew tested the waters at light middleweight and was soundly thrashed by the young Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez. He moved back down to welterweight where he is more comfortable for the match with Abramenka.
Hatton feels that Friday nights win over Abramenka was a good warm up for a shot at a world title which would place him in good position for a fight with fellow countryman Amir Khan.
In an interview with Talk Sport Hatton said “It was nice after being out of the ring since the Alvarez fight and it was good to get back to winning ways.
“I am highly ranked by a number of the top bodies like the IBF, WBC and the WBA so there are a couple of good options out there and I am capable of fighting any of the champions out there and I believe beating them.”
Hatton takes nothing away from Amir Khan’s accomplishments in the ring and has only praise for him.
“He has cleared up the light welterweight division and has spoken of moving up to welterweight which is where I compete, so if I can get hold of one of the titles, It’s a natural fight and something I’m very keen to do.”
It is clear that Matthew Hatton is determined to land a fight with Amir Khan and he sincerely believes he has a shot at defeating him. It should be noted however that fighters are notorious for being eternal optimists when attempting to land a major fight.
Matthew Hatton was totally outclassed in his match with Saul Alvarez last March and it may be wishful thinking on his part to think he can handle a fighter with the speed and skills of Amir Khan. At this point Khan is all about moving forward and advancing his career, with the ultimate goal of landing a fight with Floyd Mayweather. It is doubtful if he would want to step down in class to fight Matthew Hatton.