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Hatton takes a chance in US



Matthew Hatton’s ambitions to emulate his brother Ricky will be at risk when he fights Saul Alvarez in the United States in March.

Hatton, younger brother to the former world champion, faces the biggest test of his career when he takes on the Mexican, who recently defeated Australia-based South African Lovemore Ndou.

The welterweight fight will take place in Anaheim, California, on March 5. Hatton, the European champion in the division, has won 41 of his 47 professional fights. Alvarez has won 35 and drawn one of his 36.

Testing times are also ahead for several other prominent boxers.

Yoan Pablo Hernandez from Cuba will challenge WBA interim cruiserweight champion Steve Herelius in Dusseldorf on February 12.

Tony Bellow defends his Commonwealth light-heavyweight title against Darren Stubbs at the York Hall in London on February 19.

WBA “super” bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno is scheduled to defend his belt against former WBA flyweight champion Lorenzo Parra in Panama City on February 26.

Former WBA light-middleweight champion Yuri Foreman returns to action after his first loss, a stoppage defeat against Miguel Cotto last June. He is set to take on Poland’s Pawel Wolak in Las Vegas on March 12.

And in Glasgow on the same night, Ricky Burns defends his WBO junior lightweight belt against Ghana’s Joseph Laryea.

The WBO have ordered that light-heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer and interim champion Nathan Cleverly negotiate terms for a fight. If they fail to agree, the purse bids will be invited.

THE PICK OF 2010

The British weekly Boxing News has selected Amir Khan as British Fighter of the Year for 2010. Khan is the WBA junior welterweight champion.

The choice of International Fighter of the Year was WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

The bout between Ricky Burns and Roman Martinez for the WBO junior lightweight title was named British Fight of the Year. Burns won on points over twelve rounds.

The WBC lightweight title bout between Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillion was the choice for International Fight of the Year. Soto won on points over twelve rounds.



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