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Last Updated: Monday, 6 June, 2005, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Hatton all set to storm America
Ricky Hatton relaxes in his local after the fight
Ricky Hatton is being lined up for a light welterweight unification showdown at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Hatton is hot property in America after his win over Kostya Tszyu was shown live on US television network Showtime.

Jay Larkin, vice-president of Showtime, said: "We need to plan three or four fights to be events of the year.

"Ricky has sky-rocketed. If we made a fight with Miguel Cotto or Diego Corrales right now, we could sell out Madison Square Garden."

Hatton now stands at the head of the hottest division in world boxing with WBO champion Cotto, WBA champion Vivian Harris and WBC champion Arturo Gatti all potential opponents.

Gatti fights former lightweight king Floyd Mayweather on 25 June, while Cotto faces 2000 Olympic gold medallist Mohamad Abdulaev on Saturday.

Meanwhile, WBC and WBO lightweight champion Corrales - who last month beat Jose Luis Castillo in one of the greatest bouts ever - is eager face Hatton.

Corrales was ringside at the MEN Arena and although a deal is far from done, he is currently favourite to land a super-fight with Hatton.

Larkin added: "The Corrales fight is furthest down the road at the moment because Diego is still healing.

"Oh my God, that would be a fight. You have got two guys there who are white-hot at the moment."

We now recognise Ricky Hatton as the undisputed world champion
The Ring magazine editor Nigel Collins

Larkin also believes that Hatton could surpass Naseem Hamed's achievements and become the most successful British boxing export in history.

"There was a moment when Hamed could have become big in the States when he got right to the cusp, before things fell apart.

"Ricky is now at the same cusp but he's got the style, charisma and class. He goes back to the great days of British boxing."

Meanwhile, Hatton has received ultimate confirmation that he is the number one 10-stone fighter in the world.

His status as the true linear champion will be recognised by the award of the prestigious Ring magazine championship belt.

The Ring's editor Nigel Collins said: "We now recognise Ricky Hatton as the undisputed world champion.

"We will be presenting him with our championship belt when it is ready for him.

"We launched our new policy with our April 2002 issue because we thought one of the biggest problems in boxing was that the fans didn't know who the real champions were.

"With the vast collection of alphabet belts, champions being stripped for different reasons and interim champions, we thought the whole picture was confusing and detrimental to the sport."




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