Ricky Hatton: The Hitman’s Latest Assignment Might Be Trouble
By Sergio Martinez (November 24, 2005)  
On November 26, 2005, boxing’s newest superstar, Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton, 39-0 (29), will step into a ring in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England in an attempt to unify his IBF light welterweight trinket as he takes on WBA counterpart, awkward Colombian Carlos Maussa, 20-2 (18). The fight will be available to U.S. fight fans via pay-per-view. This will be the ‘Manchester Mexican’s’ first fight since his career defining win against the man-beast known as Kostya Tszyu. That contest, which occurred a little over six-months ago, was one in which most of the boxing media, including myself, gave Hatton a slim chance of victory. I guess we must have struck a chord because not only did Hatton win, but he completely dominated the respected Russian icon, pounding him into submission. I remember several days after the fight, the Hitman described his joy of winning that contest by saying, “I felt like I was going to ejaculate!” Anyone out there who has ever ejaculated can relate to the euphoria that he experienced that night.
Now, the problem I see for the Manchester resident is that he has to summon the same hunger and intensity for Carlos Maussa, after celebrating his huge victory over Tszyu, then rated as the world’s best at 140-pounds. The win catapulted Hatton into superstardom and the pound-for-pound rankings. No disrespect to the Colombian, who’s awkwardness, sturdy chin, and heavy-hands are trouble for any 140-pounder on the planet, but most of us in the business felt that the next logical fight would have been for Hatton to take on ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for 140-pound supremacy and the top of the food chain title. This is the type of fight that could very easily be a letdown for the Hitman and one that, because of Maussa’s heavy hands and sturdy set of whiskers, could hold the Englishman’s career in the balance.
Carlos Maussa is the type of pug that if you take him lightly, he will knock your ass out! He stumbles around the ring looking completely amateurish and very beatable. He seems to be completely open to be hit even when he is not punching. It’s almost unfathomable to believe that he is a world champion, but his record holds credible wins, including his last victory over Vivian Harris, whom Maussa knocked out in the seventh-round to pick up the WBA title. His only two losses are to 140-pound top ten-type contenders in Miguel Cotto and Arturo Morua. Although beaten, Maussa had his moments in both of those contests.
The term to remember here is ‘styles make fights’, and the Hitman’s style is that of a relentless crowding puncher who wages an inside war and is a true rib roaster. Combine that with the style, or lack of one, that Maussa possesses and the hard punching, freakishly moving Colombian may cause some problems early for the Manchester Mexican. It should be interesting to see how Hatton has prepared for a fighter you can’t really prepare for, as his style is not one that can be mimicked by any sparring partners.
My thoughts are that Maussa will come out hard, looking to gain the Hitman’s respect and will be swinging every punch with evil intent. Hatton will have some trouble in the beginning but, once he feels Maussa’s power, it will be a wake-up call, and he will quickly realize that he is in there with a fighter not to be taken lightly. Hatton will make the necessary adjustments, stunt the Colombian’s power by staying either all the way outside of punching range, or all the way inside on his chest as he did against Tszyu, and will wear Maussa down with a torrid body attack that will result in an eighth-round stoppage in what should be an entertaining contest.
So, if you have a few bucks to spare, it may be wise to spend them this coming Saturday, because I believe that this contest has all of the elements to be a very solid scrap. Neither combatant has ever been in a bad fight. Also, as part of the undercard, you get to see some of the upcoming talent that the United Kingdom has to offer.
Until next time, ‘Blue Moon’ baby! ‘Blue Moon’!
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