Matthew Hatton revealed his work in the gym was put to good practice
as he knocked out unbeaten Swiss challenger Roberto Belge in the third
round on Friday night.
The 29-year-old had been working hard with trainer Bob Shannon on his
body punching before the fight, and it proved worth it as he
dispatched of Belge with a stunning left hook to the body.
"It is something I’ve been working on, I’ve neglected my body punches
in the past but Bob Shannon puts a big emphasis on body punching,"
explained the European champion.
"I clipped him round the head and saw the opening. I noticed when I
watched him on DVD that he cupped his hands up close around his ears
so it’s obviously something we worked on."
Belge proved an awkward customer in the opening two rounds, but Hatton
never believed he was a danger as he felt in control from the first
"When we came in close, I knew I was so much stronger. I knew it was
only a matter of time but I knew he was a good fighter as he came with
an unbeaten record of 26 fights and he came to win.
"However, I was a level above him and I was really pleased with the
left hook that finished him."
With a second defence behind him, Matthew is now primed for a world
title shot and older brother Ricky revealed it would be an ’honour’
for him to get his younger sibling a shot.
He said: "I think we can give him a world title in 2011. I would like
to think he will be in the top four of the world now. With
performances like that, it makes our job to get him a world title
"In my role was a promoter now it would be an honour if I could get my
brother a world title shot. There’s nobody else in the world that
could hope to make progress like Matthew is doing at the moment."
Elsewhere on the Hatton Promotions talent-stacked show, Martin Murray
added the WBA International middleweight title to his Commonwealth
crown with an impressive second-round stoppage of Brazilian Carlos
Super bantamweight Scott Quigg defended his WBA International title
with a points win over Daniel Kodjo Sassou, and Bejiing Olympian Joe
Murray continued his fast rise through the featherweight ranks with
another impressive win, this time a second-round stoppage of David
Here are the results from the other exciting match-ups on the night.
Featherweight: Kid Galahad beat John Riley KO1
Cruiserweight: Matty Askin beat Mitchell Balker TKO3
Super middleweight: Dean Halsall beat Jamie Norkett PTS
Light middleweight: Adam Etches beat Ian Jackson TKO1
Bantamweight: Tasif Khan beat Pavels Senkovs PTS
November 27, 2010