SAUL ALVAREZ VS. MATTHEW HATTON APPROVED
FOR VACANT WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE
The World Boxing Council has approved Saul Alvarez vs. Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title after having received a two/thirds vote of the WBC Board of Governors.
Hatton, 41-4-2, 16 KOs, of Manchester, England, has been welterweight champion of the BBBofC Central Area (British Boxing Board of Control) and has made three defenses of his EBU (European Boxing Union) welterweight championship.
Alvarez, 35-0-1, 26 KOs, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, holds the WBC Silver super welterweight title, which makes him the official challenger at 154 pounds.
The WBC found that five of the top six ranked fighters in the division had different problems and were not available to fight, in addition to considering, by absolute majority, that Hatton is a highly worthy boxer.
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS WINS PURSE BID FOR PASCAL VS.HOPKINS
In the presence of World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman and WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman, the purse bid for the rematch between WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (Haiti/Canada) and challenger Bernard Hopkins (U.S.A.) was conducted and the promotional company that won the purse bid was Golden Boy Promotions, based in Los Angeles, California, with a bid of one $ 1,911,500 USD.
The other promotional company that took part in the purse bid was GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel), based in Canada, who bid $1,700,000 USD. In addition to the aforementioned figures, American agent Don Majeski was in attendance.
The World Boxing Council Lightheavyweight world title as well as the WBC Diamond belt will be on the line in the bout.
The date that was mentioned as likely for the fight is May 21, and in a few days the site will be announced.