Campbell Hatton won his fourth professional fight in controversial fashion against Sonni Martinez on Saturday night.
The 20-year-old son of boxing legend Ricky Hatton was apparently outscored by his official opponent 2-4 on the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk undercard, but was victorious thanks to referee Marcus McDonnell’s points decision.
The fight began with a surprise for the young man, as Martinez boxed smartly and used his movement well to avoid Hatton’s shots.
Martinez landed his uppercut consistently throughout the bout and certainly seemed to be landing more frequently and with more forceful punches.
Hatton fought valiantly and showed heart as he kept trying, though he finally seemed outmatched.
After five rounds, Sky’s front-row scorer Andy Clarke had the fight 4-1 in Martinez’s favor.
There was no improvement in Hatton’s final round and Martinez celebrated at the final bell.
Regardless, referee McDonnell scored 58-57 in favor of the Brit, prompting many fans to yell ‘robbery’ on social media.
Hatton said in his post-fight interview: “To be honest, I’m not happy with my performance at all. I am much better than that.
“The opponent was much better than anyone I have faced before.
“There are positive and definitely negative aspects.
“He did a lot of flashy things, a lot of showmanship, it’s not something any of my opponents have done before.
“I am already much better than what I have shown there, I am not at all happy with that performance. To the next “.
Chris Eubank Jr reacted to Sky’s expert duty by telling Hatton: “Don’t worry about the big stage, don’t worry about impressing the fans, don’t worry about the name.
“Go, go to Mexico, go to the small shows, build your record, build your experience, and then come back and do all of this.”
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