Oscar de la Hoya with Alvarez at a press conference in January (Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions).
Daniel Ponce de Leon to Meet Adrien Broner in Co-Feature
The stage is set for a March 5th meeting between Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) and Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, with the currently vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Championship at stake in the scheduled 12-round affair. The co-feature bout of the evening is also an intriguing one, as unbeaten Cincinnati native Adrien Broner (19-0, 16 KOs) will put his perfect record on the line against veteran Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-2, 34 KOs) in a junior lightweight battle.
"Fighting for a major world championship belt for the first time is the moment every fighter dreams of, and when that belt is on the line, that's when you see a man at his best," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "I thank the WBC for rewarding Alvarez and Hatton for their hard work, and I know that they will leave it all in the ring on March 5."
With a high knockout percentage of 72 percent, Alvarez comes into this fight with a hard hitting style that Hatton will look to slow with his more distanced approach. An extremely popular figure in his home nation of Mexico, Alvarez has successfully retained his WBC Silver Light Middleweight Title twice since claiming the belt by knocking out Luciano Cuello last July, and he now looks to secure his first world championship when he faces Hatton.
"This is a great opportunity and an honor to fight for the WBC Super Welterweight World Title, as I have a lot of respect for the WBC," Alvarez remarked. "I said that I wanted to fight for a world title in 2011, and now the opportunity has arrived."
Also a person of sincere popularity in his native country, Hatton brings into this match a loyal British following. While he currently holds the European Welterweight Title, Hatton says a lot of excitement comes with the first opportunity of his career to win a world championship.
“I have been waiting my entire career to fight for a world title, and I can't put into words how excited I am," he stated. "I was already really motivated for this fight, and this just adds to it. I am ready to bring the belt back with me to Manchester."
Prior to the Alvarez vs. Hatton Championship Bout, boxing fans will be treated to what should be an entertaining fight between a quickly rising star in Broner and established marksman Ponce De Leon. With both fighters at somewhat of a crossroad in their individual careers, de la Hoya expects sparks to fly when they meet in Anaheim.
"De Leon vs. Broner is the type of fight that Boxing After Dark is known for, and I know both of these fighters are coming to Anaheim to put on a show on March 5," he commented. "With De Leon looking to repel the challenge of a hungry, young, undefeated prospect, and Broner trying to make an impression against a poised, hard-hitting, former world champion under the bright HBO lights, both fighters are looking to prove a point in this one. That's what always makes for great fights."
Tickets for this card are on sale now, and fans can purchase them through TicketMaster or the Honda Center Box Office.