Alvarez gets title shot versus Ricky Hatton’s brother

Alvarez, 20 years old, is undefeated in 36 professional contests and the hottest prospect in the American Golden Boy-based stable promotion.

Hatton, 29, said: There’s a lot of hype surrounding Alvarez and a lot of well-informed people are tipping for greatness. This is a big step forward for me, but I have proved myself at European level and I am ready to move forward.

“This is my opportunity to bet my claim at the global level.”

“I’ll take on all the newcomers and experience I have of wrestling in the big Las Vegas tickets on my brother Ricky’s sub-card will be of great help. I go there to win and to prove that I belong to the world class. ”

Hatton has a decent record-41 wins, four defeats and two draws-and showed a great improvement in the end on a series of 9 undefeated fights, after winning the title of European champion 147lb last March, against the former WBC Challenger World title Gianluca Branco.

In his first defense, he surpassed the former world champion of WBA Yuriy Nuzhnenko and back in November became the first man to beat Switzerland Roberto Belge-l’arrêtant in three rounds.

Elsewhere, Tyson Fury, the undefeated 6ft 9in heavyweight will face his most difficult opponent so far when he takes on the former Challenger world title Francois Botha over 10 laps in a “Special feature Fight” at Wembley Arena on February 19.

The South African born Botha, dubbed the “white Bison”, has gone its best, but has fought several heavyweight world champions, including Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Vladimir Klitschko and more recently Evander Holyfield.

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