Matthew Hatton is scheduled to fight Saul Alvarez, the new Mexican boxing star on Saturday, March 5, 2011 for the WBC light middleweight title, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
This interesting welterweight clash is one to look forward to and hopefully Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KO’s) can get a win against the young man they call ‘Canelo’ which is Spanish for cinnamon, due to his bright red hair.
When the fight was made it didnt have a title attatched, but since Manny Pacquiao recently vacated his WBC strap, this fight will now have that title credential.
The Mexican is being touted as the next boxer to continue the legacy of greats to emerge from the country and this fight suggests to many that Hatton will have his work cut out.
But the brother of former light-welterweight champion of the world Ricky Hatton (above right) said he is excited, motivated and determined at the prospect of facing Alvarez and says in the words of Dell Trotter “He who dares wins”
Who is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Saul Canelo Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs), born in Guadalajara, Mexico is fair skinned with freckles and red hair thus the nickname “Canelo” which is Spanish for cinnamon. Baby faced and only 15 years Alvarez made his pro debut on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at the Arena Chololo Larios in Tonala, Mexico where he beat Abraham Gonzalez (0-2-0, 0 KOs) by 4th round KO.
Alvarez won his first title on Friday, April 18, 2000 at the Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico beating Gabriel Martinez (17-1-0, 9 KOs) by 12th round RTD. Previously undefeated Martinez to did not come out for the final round. Alvarez took home the WBA Fedecentro welterweight title. The fight was shown on Telemundo making it Alvarez’s US television debut.
The first time Alvarez fought on American soil was against Larry Mosley (15-3-2, 6 KOs) on Friday, October 24, 2008 at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California. Alvarez beat Mosley by 10-round unanimous decision with scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94. The fight card was televised live on TeleFutura.
Alvarez followed up that bout with two 1st round knockout wins against Raul Pinzon (16-2-0, 15 KOs) and Antonio Fitch (12-2-0, 10 KOs) plus capturing the vacant NABF welterweight title.
On Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Zapopan, Mexico, Alvarez in his first NABF welterweight title defense beat previously undefeated Euri Gonzalez (17-1-1, 12 KOs) by 11th round TKO and captured Gonzalez’s WBC Latino welterweight title.
In the following 17 months Alvarez fought eight more times making four more successful NABF welterweight title defenses and earning and defending the WBC Youth World welterweight and WBC Silver light middleweight titles.
Then on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California fighting on the undercard of Shane Mosley vs Sergio Mora, Alvarez knocked out granite chin Carlos Manuel Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs) at 2:58 of round six. Baldomir had only been knocked out once before back in 1994. courtesy of www.ringsidebygus.com