6th October 2011

A Potential 2012 Showdown awaits!
Matthew Hatton is on a collision course with Amir Khan and the two British boxers could meet next year for the world welterweight title, should both parties carry out their tasks en-route to a big Manchester showdown in 2012 at either the MEN Arena or Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. 
Hatton the European champion is in talks to face the French WBA interim world champion Ismael El
, knowing a win could then set up for the fully fledged title shot against Viacheslav Senchenko and then the big one with Khan. 

Should Khan defend his WBA and IBF light-welterweight belts successfully against Peterson in his next fight, then he will move up to welterweight with the potential plan to face Hatton should he get his hands on the belt.

Hatton 30, will be looking to make it third time lucky at winning a version of the world title after twice missing out previously to Lovemore N’dou for the IBF title in 2009 a fight that ended in a draw and earlier this year he lost to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for his WBC light middleweight crown via a points decision in what was a gallant effort non the less by Hatton.

Khan faces American Lamont Peterson on December 10 in the
US capital Washington and Hatton will be on his third world title shot in
the space of two years.

Khan is ultimatly chasing a fight with Floyd Mayweather and believes he
is two fights away from meeting the boxer regarded by many as the best
of his generation.

Khan 24, has given the fight with Hatton the green light and is ready to take on the kid brother of Ricky Hatton in his first fight at the higher weight, should Matthew claim the belt at his natural weight.
A fight with Matthew Hatton, Ricky Hatton’s brother is a possibility when I move up to 147 next year.” – Amir Khan.
Hatton shown his bravery against Alvarez, when he stepped up a division to take on the young Mexican sensation and promoter Golden Boy promised to repay Hatton with another title chance at his own weight class in the future – they seem like they have stuck to their word.
Hatton won the IBF international title against Andrei Abramenka in August to set up his world title chance and victory will see him emulate his sibling and win a world crown and create the fight that was talked about but never happened with his brother Ricky – Khan vs Hatton!
Amir Khan 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.” – Matthew Hatton.
El Massoudi has won 36 of his 39 fights and Hatton will have the best opportunity yet to grab a world title and should it be third time lucky and Khan gets passed Lamont Peterson which he should. Then an all Northwest of England world title meeting of Amir Khan vs Matthew Hatton will be a forgone conclusion.
Full details and report on Matthew Hatton’s fight with El Massoudi will follow when confirmed, plus we will bring you full build up to Amir Khan’s title defence against Lamont Peterson in the coming month’s.

Another British boxer from the Northwest is the undefeated WBA International welterweight champion Kell Brook and he might just have something to say himself about title shots and big fight showdowns! and will look to put any talk of a Khan v Hatton fight to bed as he aims for a fight with champion Viacheslav Senchenko himself and then a fight with Khan.

Brook puts his unbeaten record on the line this weekend, along with his belt, on Saturday night in his hometown of Sheffield, against Rafal Jackiewicz. We will follow with a full report on Brooks fight. 

By Chris Maylett

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