Who could be next for Hatton?
• Hatton's wicked one-punch knockout of Castillo on a perfectly placed body shot got me thinking about some of the best body shot KO's of the past decade or so. Here are four of the best: Roy Jones' rib-snapping knockout of Virgil Hill (folks who were there have told me that the impact of the blow sounded like a shotgun blast); Bernard Hopkins' liver shot on Oscar De La Hoya (I do not subscribe to the notion of many that Oscar was faking it and could have gotten up); Cotto's annihilation of Carlos Quintana and Arturo Gatti's belly shot against Leonard Dorin. It's hard to breathe just thinking about those blows.
• So, Hatton is calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight. No surprise there because it's a money fight. But here's the problem for Hatton (who I have great respect for and enjoy watching fight) if it does happen: Mayweather beats him easily. It will be like Mayweather's slaughter of Gatti, although Hatton is fresh enough to last longer and maybe even go the distance and lose a one-sided decision. Hatton does not have the size, speed or defensive brilliance to fight on Mayweather's level. Just calling 'em like I see 'em.
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