Posted by airkerma
His hands are decent too, so I'm not sure why he doesn't really let them loose, but Riddle probably isn't the right guy to start throwing against.
Well, Hathaway was cleanly outstruck by a smoother and more evasive Mike Pyle a while ago. Not only is it humiliating to be punched in the face over and over, it's even worse when it results in your first loss. Hathaway did the right thing for a young fighter, he went back to his roots and re-established his confidence. It's also possible he realizes a potential weakness in that while he hits crisply, his standup's also a bit rigid. A fighter with good head movement or footwork will abuse that all night.
I actually think it's better for Hathaway to keep this standing. Riddle's a beast on the ground, and a major factor into his losses is that he loves to stand and brawl. His standup's more rudimentary than Hathaway's, he just plants his feet and throws arm punches without putting his hips into it or lunging for extra range. He could have a considerable reach at WW by exploiting his longer frame, but he's content to strike like an in-fighter.
Hathaway's a big WW as well (as noted above, I'd be surprised if Riddle can bully him around), and his straight right looked excellent against Sanchez. Perfect punch to throw on Riddle. I doubt Hathaway would win via stoppage, but if he at least neutralizes the clinch battle (which is very possible given his physical strength) I see it as his fight to lose.