EXCLUSIVE: Former opponent Matthew Hatton reacts to Canelo Alvarez suspension

Chandler Waller 20/04/2018
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Former foe Matthew Hatton has given WBN his take on the Canelo Alvarez drug suspension and meat contamination reasoning outlined to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Now training and managing fighters, Matthew Hatton looks back with pride at his 52-fight career having been professional every single time he stepped through the ropes.

One of those bouts included a sterling twelve-round effort against Canelo Alvarez back in 2011, and when asked about the situation, Hatton had little sympathy for his old adversary.

“I train and manage a few fighters now and once you sign those papers to become a professional fighter, you know you’ve got to be responsible for what you put in your body,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.

“That’s for the guys who are just setting out in their careers so when you’re fighting at the very highest level, the reward that is at stake and the money, you’ve got to act professionally.”

Despite the admiration for his two-weight world title holding ex-opponent, Hatton believes the scenario is ridiculous for a fighter of his stature.

“Obviously I shared the ring with Alvarez so I hold him highly and I’m a big, big fan of his, but there have been issues with the meat in Mexico for some time now. So to take a chance and do something like that is ridiculous really.”

When asked how Canelo’s reputation has been affected, Hatton added: “As much as I am a big fan of Canelo, I think his reputation has been tarnished now.

“He’s such a quality fighter and an ambassador for the sport and unfortunately this isn’t going to leave him.

“People aren’t going to forget about this and that’s going to be something that will stand with him for the rest of his career – whether he’s clean or not.

“At the end of the day it’s no one else’s fault but his own so I’ve got no sympathy.”

Canelo recently received a six month ban for a double Clenbuterol find and will not return to the ring until August – at the earliest.

As a fan of the sport in which he participated gallantly, Hatton says that PEDs need cracking down on in a future shake-up.

“There’s a lot of things as a boxing fan to see it, it seems rife in the sport now, for performance enhancing drugs and it needs stamping out,” he said.

“In a sport like boxing it can become very dangerous, its something that’s creeping into boxing more and more and as a boxing fan – it needs stamping out. He’s not fighting now and rightly so,” Hatton concluded.

Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller