Tonight’s fight between Mexico’s rising star, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0, 26KOs) against England’s Matthew “Magic” Hatton (41-4, 16KOs) should be a very interesting fight. Yesterday, at the weigh in, the fight was almost cancelled as Canelo failed to make weight at 150. He came in at 151.8 lbs then 90 minutes later came at 151.4 lbs. Hatton on the other part came in at 149.6 lbs. The fight was signed at a catch weight of 150. With Canelo coming over the contracted weight, he is scheduled to lose 20% of his purse or $70,000 of his scheduled $350,000. $35,000 is reportedly going to go to the California State Commission and $35,000 to Hatton. Reports are that Canelo may have to pay more to Hatton.
This fight was supposed to be another fight for Canelo. But, when the WBC sanctioned this fight for the vacant WBC Junior Middleweight Title, fans and boxers have been upset given that some of the WBC ranked boxers were not even given the chance to dispute the belt; fighters like Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron to name a few. Another issue is that the 154 title is against a boxer who is not even in top 10 or for that matter part of 154 division in Matthew Hatton. As a boxing fan, part of me wants to root for Hatton so that it brings justice to the sport of Boxing.
Had it been just a regular fight like it was when the fight was signed, fans and boxers would not have issues with the fight. Personally, fights like this give boxing a bad reputation. They are trying to find the next boxing star and try to please the boxer so that more fans can get into boxing. But, this mentality can have negative consequences. Canelo failing to make weight in his first world title fight is just unacceptable. It is unprofessional and it gives him a bad reputation.
No one argues that Canelo has talent but to put him in a world title fight when he hasn’t fought any of the top 10 contenders in the 154 division does not bring justice to the sport. Canelo has talent and the skills to be one great boxer and he should do well against Matthew Hatton. Part of me would want Matthew Hatton to win the fight only so that WBC and Oscar De La Hoya get a rude awakening and stop trying to blow up boxers at the expense of their financial gains.
The fight in itself should be very interesting. Matthew Hatton is a boxer that keeps pressuring his opponents. I see Canelo outboxing Hatton and throwing combinations that by the 10th or 11th round might give Hatton problems. As much as I would like to see Hatton win for the reasons stated above, I don’t see him pulling it off. I think Canelo’s youth, speed, combinations and punching power will be a little too much for Hatton. I have Canelo winning by a knockout sometime after the 9th round. I will say it comes in the 11th round.