22nd August 2011
After claiming the IBF international welterweight title on Friday night in Blackpool, Matthew Hatton is hoping he can set up an all Northwest title fight against IBF and WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan, should the Bolton world champion step up to welterweight as expected.
Hatton was too good throughout for his Andrei Abramenka and claimed the victory after all three judges scored the fight 118-110 118-109 118-109 to the Mancunian.
Hatton 30, had started the fight quickly and looked likely to stop his Belarusian opponent early on, despite suffering a cut in round 6.
But Abramenka gained his composure to stick in there with Hatton who was always in control and finished the fight well to seal a comfortable win and keep his world title dreams alive and a possible fight with Khan.
Hatton lost in his previous world title fight at light-middleweight against Mexican superstar Saul Alvarez in March, but got back to winning ways against Abramenka in his more familiar welterweight division in which he hopes to meet Khan.
“It was nice after being out of the ring since the Alvarez fight and it was good to get back to winning ways,” Hatton told talkSPORT. listen to the full interview here.
“It was only a little nick after an accidental clash of heads, I’ve had bigger cuts shaving to be honest so it won’t keep me out for long and I am hopeful of getting another crack at the world title before Christmas.
“I’m highly ranked by a number of the top bodies like the IBF, WBC and 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.”
Speaking about the opportunity of taking on Khan (left), Hatton was full of praise for the man he hopes to meet in the ring as soon as possible.
“He has cleared up in the light-welterweight division and has spoken about 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 it’s something I am very keen to do.” added Hatton.
Matty Askin scored an impressive fourth round knockout over Argentina’s Juan Manuel Garay to maintain his unbeaten record at cruiserweight.
undercard results to follow.