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Newz Forum: BOXING: Hatton wary of Vilches

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posted on Jun, 11 2004 @ 01:55 PM
Ricky Hatton knows he can make no mistakes when he defends his WBU light-welterweight title against Carlos Vilches in Manchester on Saturday.

"I've seen a few tapes of Vilches and he looks like a good all-rounder who can mix it up a bit," said the Briton.

"I've seen other fighters come unstuck before so I guarantee I am not going to take anything for granted."

Vilches, who replaced Hatton's original opponent Antonio Mesquita, has won 25 of his 48 fights inside the distance.

But Vilches is adamant he is the man to stall the Briton's rise up the boxing ladder.

"Ricky is talking about the future and forgetting the present," said the Argentine.

"I was surprised to get this chance but I am willing and ready. I have fought better fighters than Hatton in the past."

Hatton's next clash may be a money-spinning encounter against American former IBF lightweight king Paul Spadafora, sometime in October.

Story from BBC SPORT:

Published: 2004/06/11 09:32:00 GMT


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