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Matthew Hatton gets shot at WBC light-middleweight belt

Matthew Hatton
Hatton has 16 knockouts from his 41 wins

Matthew Hatton is to fight Mexico's Saul Alvarez for the vacant WBC light-middleweight title on 5 March.

The 29-year-old Hatton, younger brother of former world champion Ricky, will step up from welterweight having made two defences of the European crown.

Hatton, who is expected to fight in California, said: "This is fantastic news. Every kid that laces up gloves dreams of becoming a world champion."

The WBC belt was recently vacated by Philippine legend Manny Pacquiao.

Hatton has won 41 of his 47 fights since turning professional in 2000 while the unbeaten Alvarez, 20, has stopped 26 of his 35 victims since turning professional at the age of 15.

Hatton's last fight was a third-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Swiss fighter Roberto Belge last November.

see also
Hatton fells Belge to keep title
26 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Hatton defends his European title
17 Jul 10 |  Boxing
Matthew Hatton wins European belt
27 Mar 10 |  Boxing
Hatton held by N'dou in IBO bid
13 Nov 09 |  Boxing

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