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What next for Hatton? on Mon 17-Dec-2007:
Agreed. hatton will defintiely fight the New Yorker at MSG, which i think is an easier fight for Ricky than Junior is. Hatton should come thru it comfortably, with a lot more cash in the bank, some confidence and having fulfilled his ambition to headline at the Garden.

Witter taking apart Harris was very impressive, but he needs to do something equivalent again IN AMERICA if he's going to get himself in the mix with the big boys. It's all about what the US TV companies want.

If Mayweather continues, there is only one fight out there and that's Cotto (Mosley is the other possibility but got beat by Cotto last time out). I think like you that floyd will take him out comfortably, as you say setting up Hatton v Cotto.

It's a huge fight in every sense so you'd hope that theyd find a way to make it happen. I really can't see Hatton's team allowing him to go up to welter again, or Cotto's team taking him back down, so i think 143 or 144 catch weight is the most sensible option. What a fight that would be!

What next for Hatton? on Fri 14-Dec-2007:
Angus, good note
Witter has the WBC belt which the yanks rate above all others. A couple of wins against good US fighters and he will be a big factor in the division. In that situation, a fight makes perfect sense for Ricky.

Problem with Cotto is that he is a lot better at 147, and Ricky is a lot better at 140. Both camps know this. So who gives in and puts themselves at a massive disadvantage? Catch Weight of 142/143 possibly??!?

What next for Hatton? on Wed 12-Dec-2007:
I can't see Cotto coming down to 140 he always struggled to make it and is much more comfortable at 147. With the potential superfights at that weight, he'll stay where he is i think

There are only 2 guys he should be loking at right now IMO. Malignnani the New Yorker who is massively popular at MSG, where Hatton wants to top the bill. He can't hit hard, but he's quick and skillful. Would be very exciting and lucrative fight, and Hatton will have much more chance of walking through his punches to get close and do some damage. Assuming he's still got something left he'll be too big, strong and relentless for the guy.

The other guy is Witter. That could be the finale in UK for Hatton to end on. Junior needs to do more to raise his profile in US to get HBO interested. He's a quality fighter with a hell of a dig, and could quite easily beat Hatton. Would be a tremendous scrap, but right now the risk doesn;t equal the reward for Ricky which is why he'll stay in Us for now.

Clinton Woods v Joe Calzaghe on Wed 12-Dec-2007:
Angus, I agree that Hopkins is the bigger fight out of the two. But Clinton is a legitimate title holder at LH and has defeated some top class fighters. He's consensus no 2 in the division right now. Joe wants to be two-weight world champ, well he can do that by beating Hopkins. If he then goes and beats Woods, he's got 2 belts and will be undisputed no 1 LH. That's best in the world at two weights. Some legacy...
Hopkins, Woods then retirement would be my pan for Joe. There's no-one else worth facing for him.

Clinton Woods v Joe Calzaghe on Tue 11-Dec-2007:
I have no doubt Calzaghe will fight both Woods and Hopkins.

He HAS to fight a marquee US name, he's said it and everyone else has said it. And there is noone else apart from Hopkins. Pavlik and Wright are smaller men and Taylor is damaged goods now. It doesn't get any bigger or better than Hopkins. Chad Dawson is a possibility but he's seen as a talent rather than a big name at this point.

Woods is the 2nd best LH on the planet right now, and Joe versus Clinton will be a massive fight in UK. Big money spinner over here. and Clinton wants it badly!

If he beats both of them, he could claim to be the bets fighter in the world at both SM and LH. Hell of a way to end his career... 

The heavyweight division is just poor full stop, all nationalities.

I'm from the Uk and am very excited about David haye, who just became undisputed cruiserweight champ and is moving up to heavy. He's a natural heavyweight (walks around 220 pounds), has tremendous power and speed and bags of charisma. he loves putting on a show for the fans although his chin and stamina have been questioned.

He's fought once at heavyweight, demolishing the WBC no 11 ranked fighter in 50 odd seconds.

Once he makes it over to US he'll be a big deal guaranteed.

mayweather-hatton on Tue 11-Dec-2007:
I don't think we should under-estimate Hopkins additional power at the heavier weight. He stopped Tarver and Wright in their tracks when he did decide to throw some leather.
It's his punch output which is his biggest problem. As we saw with Lacy and 2nd half of Kessler fight, if you don't throw many punches Joe will be all over you

Still, no-one thought Mayweather could compete with Hatton on the inside and out-grapple him did they?

mayweather-hatton on Tue 11-Dec-2007:
hatton v mayweather and calzaghe v hopkins are two totally different fights. Joe will be better suited to the weight, he will be a LOT harder to hit, and he will throw very fast combinations from all angles.

I think it will be a tremendous fight. Can Hopkins live with a guy who has amazing stamina, a wicked chin and throws 5 and 6 punch combos in the blink of an eye? Can he do enough in return?

Joe won't have fought anyone as slippery and clever as Hopkins, so can he land enough to do serious damage?

I still think Bhop is world class even at 42, and Joe most definitely is so this is a fight to savour. I hear it's almost a done deal, so let's hope they sign on the dotted line...


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