QUOTE(dbdbdb @ Dec 18 2007, 03:00 PM) [snapback]371096[/snapback]
If this fight is anywhere near the UK, you best believe that Hatton will be in full mauling mode and the ref's will allow it. The only way Paulie has a shot is to insist that the fight be in the US.
But, I can tell you that the Brits are pissed that Hatton loss, and whomever hatton fights next will be 1. in the UK, 2. The Ref will be a Hatton Ref. 3. Hatton will win in the most ugly, brutal fashion.
I don't think anyone is that pissed off that Hatton got beat. Yeah, to the hardcore Hatton fans, the ones who were blinded by their love for him and genuinely thought he'd win...maybe they are pissed off but they are in the minority. Most people just accept that Mayweather was too clever for him, too good for him.
His next fight will be in the UK, I'm pretty sure of it, unless a deal is struck to face Malignaggi because that will be in America. No doubt about it. The talk seems to be that he'll defend his IBO title which basically means he'll have a tune-up type bout against an opponent he'll beat....a confidence booster if you like. If it is that type of fight you will see Hatton box like he used to do prior to the Tzsyu fight and beat someone rather easily without the need to hold so much. It'll hide the fact that he's deteriorated big time.
All in all I'm now convinced that Hatton is past his best. I bought into the excuses about him having flu when he boxed Urango, and being underprepared when he boxed Collazo, but his performance, or lack of, against Mayweather was so poor I have to think he's pretty much finished. Plus I'm totally disappointed that he is still refusing to box Witter. It makes more sense to fight Junior than it does Malignaggi or anyone else but its too risky so he won't do it. Disappointing.