Manchester’s Matthew Hatton looks to consolidate his position in the world welterweight rankings when defending his European title against Yuriy Nuzhnenko at the Bolton Arena on the 16th of July.
‘Magic’ won the vacant belt by defeating Italy’s experienced warhorse Gianluca Branco in Dagenham back in March. It was Hatton’s second fight under new trainer Bob Shannon.
Nuzhnenko is 33 with a 30-1-1 (14) record, he is on a run of two wins since his sole reverse, Hatton feels that a win over the two-time Ukrainian national amateur champion will cement his status as boxing’s most-improved fighter as well as establishing his world title credentials.
“In boxing and in life you have to move forward,” mused Matthew. “I’m European champion, am having my first defence and don’t want to move backwards after it so I’ll be looking for more title fights.
"Ricky said he’ll try to get Senchenko for me – he’ll deliver me a world title chance. I’ve got a big incentive for this fight; I’ve got a young family to support and a mortgage, like most people.
"People sometimes forget that this isn’t Ricky Hatton this is Matthew Hatton and I have to pay my bills like everyone else. I am looking for the big fights and big titles.”
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