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Matthew Hatton returns (at 147)

Matthew Hatton will start his campaign towards another world title assault in Blackpool next month when he faces unbeaten Andre Abramenka. The former European welterweight champion will be in action at the world famous Tower Circus on Friday 19th August. It will be Hatton’s first fight since going down on points in a WBC light-middleweight title challenge against Saul Alvarez in March. ‘Magic’ Matthew has returned to the 147lb welterweight division and hopeful of another world championship chance in the next few months. The vacant IBF International title will be on the line in the seaside town when he faces the Belarusian over 12 rounds.

And Hatton, 30, said: “Abramenka is a good calibre opponent and facing him proves I am going straight back in against a meaningful opponent.

“I am mandatory contender for my old European title and I would love a crack at WBA title holder Vyacheslav Senchenko or interim champion Ismael El Massoudi.

“It is one of those three fights I am looking at by the end of the year.”

Hyde’s Hatton victorious in 41 of his 48 fights won plaudits for his brave performance against Alvarez.

He added: “It was nice to get credit, but it is about winning and I am itching to get back to winning ways and proving I have plenty left to offer.”

Belarussian champion Abramenka, 24, has won 15 and drawn two contests.

In title action on the same bill will be undefeated local cruiserweight prospect Matty Askin and other prospects including welterweight hopeful Adam Little.

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