GEE Cross boxer Campbell Hatton remains undefeated as a professional following his latest victory in Spain.
The 20-year-old super-featherweight scored an impressive second-round stoppage of Hungarian Attila Csereklye in Bilbao in what was described as his most impressive display.
And it was a far cry to Hatton’s last fight, a controversial points decision when most observers had given victory to Spanish-based Uruguayan Sonni Martinez.
That took place in the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Hatton, son of boxing legend Ricky, left the ring to a chorus of boos.
After that bout boxing pundit Chris Eubank jnr told Hatton: “Don’t worry about the big stage, don’t worry about impressing the fans, don’t worry about the name.
“Go away, go to Mexico, go to the small shows, build your record, build your experience, and then come back and do all this.”
Hatton, who his trained by Matthew Hatton, his uncle and also a former champion boxer, didn’t go as far as Mexico but ventured overseas to Bilbao on Friday, December 3 for a bout which was more low-key and out of the spotlight on the undercard of Kernan Lejarraga’s European super-featherweight title defence against Jack Flatley.
The former Mottram CoE and West Hill High School knocked down Csereklye three times before stopping his first opponent as his four other wins were all on points.
Hatton said: “About time innit? But yeah, buzzing. Just shown there, I think you could see from the start I wasn’t trying to stop him.
“I was trying to be a bit more patient, trying to make him miss a bit more and use my jab. And it happened by accident, so we know what to do next time.”
Hatton’s promoter Eddie Hearn congratulated the youngster on his victory and told boxing fans to expect much more activity in 2022.
Hearn tweeted: “Good stoppage win for @CampbellHatton – perfect learning experience on the road in Spain.”
Hatton dominated the fight at the Bilbao Arena from start to finish and put his Hungarian opponent down for the first time thanks to a strong right hook.
His dominance continued, and once again he had his impressive hook to thank for knockdown two, this time coming from the left to Csereklye’s head and body to put him down once again.