Hatton announces warm-up shortlist

19.01.06 - Ricky Hatton, the reigning IBF and WBA super lightweight champion, told BBC Radio Five Live that his next fight will take place in America and will be against one of four possible fighters before he gets to take on Floyd Mayweather. Hatton will next fight Arturo Gatti, Acelino Freitas, Diego Corrales or Jose Luis Castillo. "I don't know who it will be yet, it is genuinely still being negotiated but I expect to know by the weekend," Hatton told BBC Radio Five Live.

Hatton added that, providing he wins this fight, he will then certainly be given a super lightweight division unification bout against WBC champ Mayweather.

"As far as I'm concerned a fight with Mayweather is a done deal for this year," he said. "For those that believe Mayweather is not going to happen, I just look forward to proving them wrong as I did my doubters in 2005.

"The best is yet to come. I want the big fights, the unification bouts, and then maybe move up to capture a world title at another weight.

Article posted on 19.01.2006

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