European Welterweight Champion Matthew Hatton has got the fight he wanted against  Mexico’s new boxing star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in California on 5th March. 

The fight will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Contracts were signed this morning and promoters Golden Boy held a press conference to confirm the contest.

Hatton (right) will have his work cut out against Alverez (35-0-1, 26 KOs), who turned pro at 15 with no amateur experience and is still just 20 years old.

But Hatton is as honest as the day’s long and will give it is best shot. The Manchester fighter will be on away soil and up against it. But he deserves credit for taking the fight and putting himself on the line.

Golden Boy first tried to get Alvarez a welterweight title bout with Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine, but they could not come to terms on the money. But Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) was always on the short list.

“I believe Matthew Hatton has emerged from the shadow of his brother,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

“He’s put together an impressive streak of wins and is now the European 147-pound champion. He has been undefeated for quite a while. I think he’s coming into his own.”

Hatton is confident going into the fight and has respect for Alvarez, (left) but insists that although he is a big under dog, he is ready to stake his claim at world level.

“I cant wait, I’m so exited about this fight, said Hatton.

“Its a fight that as been talked of for some time now and at last its on. Its a fight I’m really looking forward to.”

“Ive got a lot of respect for Saul, he is a good fighter, fantastic fighter to watch and I’m expecting this to be a real good fight.”

It’s what boxing’s all about, challenging yourself against the best fighters out there. There are so many fighters who say I wanna fight him I’m gonna do this I’m gonna do that, then when its put on a plate for them they get a dry mouth so to speak.”  – Matthew Hatton

“But I’ve never ducked away from a challenge in my life and this is no different. I’m up against it going out there. Many people see me as the under dog going into this fight. But in my own head I don’t see myself as the under dog at all, I’m going into this fight full of confidence.”

“This is my opportunity to stake my claim at world level.”

“I will take on all-comers and the experience I have of fighting in big Las Vegas bills on my brother Ricky’s undercard will be a great help. I am going there to win and to prove that I belong in world class.”Hatton added.

Interview with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his thoughts on the fight and Matthew Hatton

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