Photo Cred Erik Aguilar
By Sig Guillermo
April 9, 2011, live on HBO Pay Per View, Top Rank presents the phenomenal junior welterweight bout from Las Vegas, as Mexican boxing icon and former five time world champ at WBC/WBO Super Bantamweight, WBC Featherweight, WBC Super Featherweight, IBF Jr. Welterweight, and current WBC International Welterweight World champion, Erik “El Terrible” Morales (51W-6L-35KO’s), faces heavy-handed Argentinean warrior, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (29W-2L-27KO’s). The scheduled twelve round bout shall determine the level of heart and skill shown by a promising young star, as well as the return of a true living legend.
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By Sig Guillermo
The WBC Light Middleweight title is up for grabs when undefeated Mexican sensation and 2010 Espn.com’s Prospect of the year, Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez headlines a stacked card Saturday, March 5th when he battles Manchester’s Matthew “Magic” Hatton at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca.
The 20 year old Mexican superstar is not only ranked 10th best Jr.Middleweight in the world according to Ring Magazine, but also has a huge Mexican fan-base that has already begun to spread like wildfire throughout the states.
Displaying a combination of raw aggression along with murderous punching power, (Beware of his left hook, just ask Carlos Baldomir) he is an unavoidable threat to all who share the ring with him. Promoted by Golden Boy and carrying a knockout record of 35W-0-1D-26KO’s, he never ceases to impress with his high powered volume assaults. Do not let the red hair and boyish charm fool you, for this kid is boxing’s new shot of adrenaline.
His opponent is Manchester’s own, Matthew “Magic” Hatton. Matthew is the younger brother of former two-time IBF and IBO Jr.Welterweight Champion, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. Although receiving nowhere near the exposure of his elder sibling, Matthew remains a force to be reckoned with holding a solid record of 41W-4L-2D-16KO’s. His last two bouts came against unknown journeymen, Roberto Belge (KO3) and Yuriy Nuzhnenko (W,12RDS.) Matthew may be the heavy underdog when these two collide on Saturday, but if he’s anything as his nickname suggests, he’s not going down without a fight. With a win over Alvarez, he could remove himself from the shadow of his brother’s success and propel himself to a level he’s never attained. If that is not motivation enough, he may find himself in serious trouble.
El Canelo’s previous two bouts arrived with a shutout of the always tough, Lovemore N’Dou, with whom Matthew Hatton earned a Draw against in late ’09. Alvarez’s most notable victory to date has been his devastating 6th Round knockout of former WBC Welterweight Champion, Carlos “Tata” Baldomir back in September on the Mosley/Mora undercard. Baldomir who had never been stopped in his 18 year career was out cold before he hit the canvas.
Boxing analysts agree that Hatton’s come-forward style is the perfect setup for Alvarez. On paper, it may appear as a blowout, but just as styles make fights, one punch can always reverse the outcome. Prepare yourselves for an all out action extravaganza when Mexico faces the U.K. live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca.