Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Saul Alvarez will face Matthew Hatton

Junior middleweight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the 20-year-old rising Mexican star, drew thousands of fans to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for an undercard fight in September, when he scored a massive one-punch knockout of former welterweight champ Carlos Baldomir.
Now, Alvarez will have the spotlight to himself as he takes the next step up toward a world title when he headlines HBO's "Boxing After Dark."
Alvarez, the 2010 ESPN.com prospect of the year, will face England's Matthew Hatton, the European welterweight champion and the younger brother of former junior welterweight champ Ricky Hatton, on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs), who turned pro at 15 with no amateur experience, steadily increased the level of his competition during a 2010 campaign in which he won all five of his bouts, including four by knockout.
He was in some early trouble, but bounced back to score a ninth-round knockout of Jose Cotto in May on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley undercard. After a sixth-round knockout of Luciano Cuello in Mexico in July, Alvarez returned to the United States for the booming knockout of Baldomir.


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