Ricky Hatton to fight Juan Urango in Atlanta in January
Former junior-/welterweight champ Ricky Hatton has confirmed that his next fight will be in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 13, 2007 â€“ a long wait for Hattonâ€™s legion of loyal fans â€“ against Juan Urango for his old IBF junior welter belt.
"I'll be fighting Juan Urango on January 13,â€? Hatton told Sky Sports, â€œwhich is a little bit of a disappointment because I was hoping to fight in October or November, but that's the only date HBO had available.â€?
If and when Ricky gets by Urango, heâ€™ll meet the rugged, weight challenged, former champion from Mexico, Jose Luis Castillo, a fight which is "virtually a done deal."
Just last week newly crowned WBC champion Junior Witter, fresh off of his points win over DeMarcus â€œChop Chopâ€? Corley, called out Hatton, but has been told to hurry up and wait.
"I'm contracted to HBO for my next two fights,â€? said Hatton in response to Juniorâ€™s challenge, â€œand they're practically done deals now. I don't see why a little bit further down the line that if Junior makes a couple of defenses I can fight him.
"On the undercard will be Castillo. Should I get past Urango they're lining up Castillo for me. If Junior can hold onto his belt and make a few defenses the fight against me will be even bigger.â€?
Hatton has been in the U.S. checking out gym facilities in Atlanta, in addition to getting a firsthand look at the Atlanta Dome and the Phillips Arena, the city's two main stadiums. Read more at the BLOG