Former world title challenger Matthew Hatton is licking his lips at the prospect of former opponent Canelo Alvarez mixing it with fellow-Briton Amir Khan in the coming months.
Retired Hatton, like most, was taken aback by Golden Boy Promotions’ confirmation of the super-fight on Tuesday but sees an entertaining clash taking place on May 7 when the pair collide in Las Vegas at a catchweight of 155 pounds.
“I was really shocked when the fight was announced as I really didn’t see that one coming, but it’s a fight that really excites me as a boxing fan,” Hatton told World Boxing News.
“Style-wise, I think it’s a good match up for Khan with his obvious advantages in speed. Alvarez foot speed is not the quickest so can see Khan troubling Canelo him with fast in and out raiding tactics early in the fight.
“The obvious advantages for Canelo are his size, strength and power, advantages I just don’t see Amir being able to overcome. I hope I’m wrong because a win for Amir would be great for him and British boxing but I just really don’t see it.
“You can analyse fights all you like, but I do see Amir having lots of success in the fight as he seems to be much more durable at welter and much more disciplined under Virgil Hunter. Plus, he’s obviously seen the blueprint laid down by FloydMayweather. The trouble for Khan is that Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter of his generation, and ultimately for me, Canelo just too big, strong and powerful.
“I really hope I’m wrong and I can’t wait for this one, but I just don’t see past a Canelo KO,” he added.
The ‘Magic Man’ fought Canelo when the Mexican was just 20 years old in 2011 and lost out on points as the youngster claimed a first world title in California.
At 29 years, ex-140 pound king Khan is the same age Hatton was when he took on the might of Canelo, although the difference in the experience of Alvarez between now and then is incomparable.