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JUAN Lazcano, nicknamed the Hispanic Causing Panic, is likely to be Ricky Hatton's next opponent.

The 32-year-old Mexican American (left) has emerged as the favourite to face the Hitman when he drops back to light-welterweight for the bout, which will probably be at the City of Manchester Stadium, on May 24.

Texas-born Lazcano, who lives in California, has won 37 of his 42 fights, having lost four and drawn once.

But he has not fought since he lost a close but unanimous points decision to Vivian Harris in an eliminator for the WBC light-welterweight title in Las Vegas last February. The Hatton camp had Lazcano lined up two years ago but he broke his hand a month before the fight and Hatton had to switch opponents to Luis Collazo.

Hatton, who went on to pull off a unanimous victory over Collazo in Boston, has vowed his next fight will be in Britain as a reward to his fans who have repeatedly had to travel to America.

More negotiations are planned with Manchester City officials this weekend although, as revealed by M.E.N. Sport earlier this week, Wembley made what seems like an unsuccessful 11th-hour bid to woo him south.

M.E.N. Sport believes that when Lazcano had to pull out from fighting Hatton in 2006 through injury, there was a gentleman's agreement that the fight would take place eventually - and that unofficial agreement has helped the two sides in the latest round of negotiations.

Wembley officials, who have confirmed they did want to host Hatton's next fight, accept City of Manchester Stadium is the much more likely venue as Hatton is a huge Blues supporter. But a Wembley spokesman said they would still be interested in hosting a future Hatton fight.

Hatton is back in his Denton gym after holidays in the Canaries and on safari in South Africa following his first career defeat against Floyd Mayweather.

No formal announcement will be made about whether it is to be Hatton-Lazcano until negotiations are completed over the venue, which includes talks with police, and agreement is reached with US and British TV companies.
Lazcano next up for Hatton - Boxing - Sport - Manchester Evening News
 

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Steve Lazcano is a pretty decent comeback opponent IMO i will be disappointed if Ricky doesnt fight Witter or Malignaggi later in the year though.
 

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Whats up with that man? Hes just fought the best in the world and lost his 0... i dont blame him for taking a lesser fight.
 

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He's not absolutely terrible. He lost his last fight to Vivian Harris, won the four before that with one over Tackie, and lost to JL Castillo prior to that. 4-2 in his last six. He is ideal for Hatton.
 

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Not a bad fight, Lazcano is a good fighter.
 

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Poor choice of opponent for Hatton. Lazcano was a good fighter a couple of years ago. When he was at 135. He's coming off a loss. And he's been on the sidelines for over a year. I expect an easy win for Hatton
 

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Poor choice of opponent for Hatton. Lazcano was a good fighter a couple of years ago. When he was at 135. He's coming off a loss. And he's been on the sidelines for over a year. I expect an easy win for Hatton

Well if the great Herpes feels it's in the bag I am obliged to concur :D
 

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Why not Ricardo Torres? He's available, and I doubt he'd pass up the payday. On top of that he has a title and his only loss is to Miguel Cotto. I think that would have been a much more exciting fight too. Juan Lazcano doesn't make much sense to me. Anyone agree?
 

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Why not Ricardo Torres? He's available, and I doubt he'd pass up the payday. On top of that he has a title and his only loss is to Miguel Cotto. I think that would have been a much more exciting fight too. Juan Lazcano doesn't make much sense to me. Anyone agree?
I agree totally, but the thing is that Torres would make too much sense for Hatton to fight him. I was certain he would pick someone from out of nowhere to fight.
 

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Lascano is a solid pro, but not on Ricky's level, he'll provide a decent contest while it last, I don't see him making it past the tenth round
 

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At the end of the day Hatton's just fought the #1 P4P boxer in the world so i think hes entitled to take a lesser challenge. I might go to this fight too actually, it should be a cracking atmosphere. I think Torres might happen later in the year, with Hatton's lack of defence and the fact that Torres can really bang that would be an interesting fight.
 

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thats true tom, but i have a feeling he's going to struggle with any opponent now, he might as well struggle with a godo opponent rather than a nobody.
 

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Hatton is on a whole other level than Lazcano at this point , but maybe it will setup a fight with Torres later this year.
 
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