Matthew Hatton

Matthew Hatton
Matthew Hatton
Real name Matthew James Hatton
Nickname(s) Magic
Rated at Welterweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born May 15, 1981 (1981-05-15) (age 30)
Stockport, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 42
Wins by KO 16
Losses 5
Draws 2
No contests 0

Matthew James Hatton (born 15 May 1981 in Stockport), is a professional boxer, using the nickname "Magic". He is a welterweight, and is a former Commonwealth and World title challenger and the current European Champion.

He is the younger brother of World Champion boxer Ricky Hatton, and has fought on the undercard of many of Ricky's biggest fights.

He is currently ranked #11[1] in the world and #1[2] in the United Kingdom in the welterweight division by BoxRec.



Hatton was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England to Ray and Carol. Before becoming a professional boxer, Hatton worked for the family carpet business as a carpet fitter. He and his girlfriend Jenna Coyne have a son named Jack, who was born in 2006. Unlike his brother Ricky, dad Ray, and the majority of his family who are supporters of Manchester City, Matthew supports Manchester United.[3]


Hatton began boxing at the age of 12,[4] and had 22 amateur contests, winning 18.

Professional boxing career

Hatton's career as a professional boxer began in late 2000 with a point's victory over David White, on the undercard of brother Ricky's fight with Giuseppe Lauri. Hatton was undefeated in his first 13 fights before a point's loss to journeyman David Kirk in 2003. In 2004, Hatton went on to defeat Robert Burton to win the British Central Area welterweight title, and six months later defeated the same man to claim the light middleweight version of the title.

British Title

On 20 October 2006, Hatton was disqualified for low blows in the tenth and final round of a British Welterweight title eliminator against Alan Bosworth. Victory may well have given Hatton a shot at the British Welterweight title which was held at the time by Scottish boxer Kevin Anderson.

In 2007, Hatton won the IBF International welterweight title by defeating American Frank Houghtaling, and in his next fight defeated Puerto Rican Edwin Vazquez to win the IBF Inter-Continental title. Both fights were held in Las Vegas, Nevada on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's fights with Juan Urango and José Luis Castillo.

Commonwealth Title

On 28 May 2008, Hatton lost to Craig Watson on a points decision with scores of 116-112, 117-112 and 118-111 in a challenge for the Commonwealth welterweight championship.[5] The fight was held at the City of Manchester Stadium on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's fight with Juan Lazcano.

A short time after his loss to Watson, Hatton decided to leave long-time trainer Billy Graham and his Phoenix Camp Gym. Hatton would go on to be trained at Bobby Rimmer's Boxing Academy based in Stalybridge under the guidance of Lee Beard, who is also assistant trainer to Ricky Hatton.[6]

Hatton vs. Ben Tackie

Hatton fought former World title challenger Ben Tackie on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's fight with Paul Malignaggi at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on 22 November 2008. Tackie was defeated by Ricky Hatton over 12 rounds in December 2003. Hatton defeated Tackie via a convincing unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93 in a performance which has been described as the best of his career.[7]

Hatton vs. Bami

On 28 March 2009, Hatton defeated Ted Bami via a 6th round stoppage in an eliminator for the IBO welterweight Title.[8]

Hatton vs. N'dou

Hatton was scheduled to fight Zab Judah on September 19, 2009 at the MGM Grand arena in a welterweight bout as part of the undercard of the Mayweather-Marquez fight.[9] This fight was postponed due to the main bout being postponed owing to a rib injury to Mayweather. Instead Hatton fought Lovemore N'dou for the IBO Welterweight title at Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent on November 13, 2009, the contest was scored a draw.[10]

Hatton vs. Branco

Hatton claimed the vacant European welterweight title with a unanimous points win over Gianluca Branco in Dagenham on 26 March 2010.

Hatton vs. Álvarez

In March 2011, Hatton lost to Saúl Álvarez in a bid for the WBC light-middleweight title. The bigger and stronger Alvarez was decucted a point in round seven ultimately leading to all three judges scoring the bout at 119-108 in favor of Alvarez.[11]

Championships held

  • IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight title
  • IBF International Welterweight title
  • British Central Area Welterweight title
  • British Central Area Light-Middleweight title
  • European Welterweight title

Professional boxing record

40 Wins (15 knockouts, 25 decisions), 5 Losses, 2 Draws[12]
Res. Record Opponnent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 40-5-2 MexicoSaúl Álvarez Decision
2011-03-05 California Honda Center, Anaheim, California vacant WBC light middleweight title.
Win 40-4-2 Ukraine Yuriy Nuzhnenko Decision
12 (12) 2010-07-16 England Bolton Arena, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England Retained EBU (European) welterweight title
Hatton down in 1st
Win 39-4-2 Italy Gianluca Branco Decision
12 (12) 2010-03-26 England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, England Won vacant EBU (European) welterweight title
Win 38-4-2 Georgia (country) Mikheil Khutsishvili TKO 5 (8)
2010-02-19 England Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke, Staffordshire, England
Draw 37-4-2 Australia Lovemore N'dou Decision
12 (12) 2009-11-13 England Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke, Staffordshire, England International Boxing Organization Welterweight Title
Win 37-4-1 Australia Ernesto Zepeda Decision
8 (8) 2009-05-02 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 36-4-1 Republic of the Congo Ted Bami TKO 6 (12)
2009-03-28 England Leisure Centre,[disambiguation needed ] Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England IBO Welterweight Title Eliminator
Bami came in one pound over the weight limit on his first visit to the scales
Win 35-4-1 Ghana Ben Tackie Decision
10 (10) 2008-11-22 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 34-4-1 England Scott Woolford Decision
8 (8) 2008-09-05 England Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Loss 33-4-1 England Craig Watson Decision
12 (12) 2008-05-24 England City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Win 33-3-1 Puerto Rico Frankie Santos Decision
8 (8) 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 32-3-1 Finland Samuli Leppiaho RTD 6 (8)
2007-10-20 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win 31-3-1 Puerto Rico Edwin Vazquez Decision
12 (12) 2007-06-23 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight Title
Win 30-3-1 United States Frank Houghtaling RTD 7 (12)
2007-01-20 United States Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight Title
Win 29-3-1 Ukraine Volodymyr Borovskyi Decision
6 (6) 2006-12-10 England Octagon Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

See also

  • Ricky Hatton
  • List of European Boxing Union welterweight champions

External links


  1. ^ "World active welterweight ratings". Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. ^ "United Kingdom active welterweight ratings". Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Hatton Jr in a hurry". 2008-05-15.,19528,13305_3564768,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Matthew Hatton Interview". 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Elementary for Watson". 2008-05-25.,19528,12183_3606365,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Hatton splits with Billy Graham". 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Matthew mirrors Hitman's win". 2008-11-23.,19528,13303_4537245,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Hatton beats Bami". Manchester Evening News. 2009-03-29. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  9. ^ "Magic Man handed Judah shot". Sky Sports. 22 May 2009.,19528,12183_5341576,00.html. 
  10. ^ "Hatton held by N'dou in IBO bid". BBC News. 13 November 2009. 
  11. ^ Blake, Brian O.. "20 Year Old Saul Alvarez Defeats Matthew Hatton to Become WBC Junior Middleweight Champion". Breaking News. Sports Betting World. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
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