Round-up: Hatton in successful defence

Fri, 26 Nov 20:30:00 2010

Matthew Hatton retained his European welterweight belt with a third-round stoppage win over Swiss contender Roberto Belge.

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Victory over the relatively unknown, but previously unbeaten, challenger at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton brings the Mancunian fighter a step closer to some high-profile clashes in 2011.

In the second voluntary defence of his title, Hatton was always on top in a fight that seemed to pass by Belge, who put in a lacklustre display and ultimately failed to beat the count after being sent to the canvas by a left uppercut midway through round three.

A world title shot for Hatton cannot now be too far away, with the 29-year-old setting his sights on WBA champion Viacheslav Senchenko.

In Nagoya, Japan, Hozumi Hasegawa picked up the vacant WBC featherweight title with a unanimous decision against Mexican prospect Juan Carlos Burgos.

Hasegawa's bantamweight career lay in tatters after a crushing knockout defeat to Fernando Montiel in April, but the 29-year-old from Japan successfully skipped a weight class to claim a comprehensive 116-111, 117-110, 117-110 points victory over Burgos at 122-pounds.

In the co-feature, Takahiro Aoh snatched the WBC super-featherweight belt from defending champion Vitali Tajbert with a unanimous decision of his own.

The 26-year-old floored Tajbert in the third round, and was awarded a comfortable 115-112, 116-110, 117-112 win.


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