Matthew Hatton Returns on August 19

Matthew Hatton will get back in the ring for the first time since his March loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, taking on unbeaten but totally untested Andrei Abramenka of Belarus in Blackpool.

Hatton (41-5-2, 16 KO) is starting his "campaign towards another world title assault," alleges the press release from Hatton Promotions, but in more realistic terms he's going back to soft competition and padding his record some more. Abramenka (15-0-2, 3 KO) has the record of a guy who can't punch, and has an exceptionally soft record. His most "notable" fight was a draw with Roberto Belge, who received a European title shot at Hatton last November and was decimated in three rounds. Belge also had an empty record, and even though Hatton is no world-beater, it was an absurd mismatch in practice.

But this is just a bounce-back fight, and Hatton will go from there. It wouldn't be a shock to see him get another title shot sometime, maybe back at 147 pounds. If it could be worked, a shot at WBA titlist Viacheslav Senchenko would actually be a step up for Senchenko, and could make sense in the future.

Hatton vs Abramenka will be televised by Eurosport.

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