Found March 02, 2013 on The Queensbury Rules:
PLAYERS: Matthew Hatton
Johannesburg has inspired all manner of nicknames but there was only one word for the welterweight rumpus it hosted Saturday night: ugly. In a hard-fought but bitty main-event, at the Sandton Convention Centre, local fighter Chris “The Heat” van Heerden weathered a badly gashed right eye to outscore Mancunian Matthew “Magic Man” Hatton over 12 scruffy rounds. Scores read 118-110, 117-112 and 116-112 (TQBR had it for the local man 117-111). Van Heerden, Meyerton, Gauteng, SA, maximised height and reach advantages to outland Hatton from range, yet his best weapon was a niftily designed right uppercut that he whipped inside from his southpaw stance. The bald-headed Hatton was largely blind to its danger, due to his outstretched left arm and the poor positioning of his feet, and was stunned often as a result, most notably in rounds 2 and 3. Despite the one-sided nature of the bout’s opening quarter, Hatton, 43-7-2 (17), 147, never ceased trying to grab a foothold – often illegal...
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