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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 – a long wait for Hatton's legion of loyal fans – against Juan Urango for his old IBF junior welter belt.

“I'll be fighting Juan Urango on January 13,â€? Hatton told Sky Sports, “which 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, he'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 “Chop Chop� 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 Junior's challenge, “and 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

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