|Ricky is not quiet ready yet to lace up the gloves for a ring return
|“Until the hunger comes back, I’m going to stay where I am.” Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton is still undecided on if, or when he will make a return to the ring, the former two weight world champion admitted last week, that he has no desire to fight again as yet, but certainly ruled out retirement.
Hatton has not boxed since being knocked out in the second round by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last year, he had announced earlier in the year though, that he was back in the gym and would be returning to the ring, but on a recent holiday in Tenerife, it was reported that he told friends, he was not sure the motivation was there to box again just yet.
Since then Ricky has had his hands full with his boxing promotion company, and is building up a nice little stable of quality British boxers, proud to fight under his banner, and this week he said he fancied promoting the potential home coming fight of friend Amir Khan, possibly at Khan’s beloved Bolton Wanderers football ground.
Although Ricky has no plans to step back in the ring at the moment, if he did, he would only step back into world level class, and would jump at the chance to have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
“If there was one fight to come back for it would be Mayweather,” said the former two-weight world champion to the Manchester Evening News.
Hatton, has this week been putting the final touches to his latest promotion, tonight’s European light-middleweight title fight, when local Sheffield star Ryan Rhodes, defends his title against Italian Luca Messi, at the Ponds Forge Arena.
“At the minute I’m just enjoying what I’m doing, really,” said the 31-year-old Manchester legend.
“Boxing is the hardest game in the world and if you don’t have that desire then the last place you want to be is in the boxing ring. It was hard for me to get beaten by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and I’d hate to get beaten by someone I would have whupped a few years ago because my heart wasn’t in it.
|Ryan Rhodes, European light middleweight champion
“Ryan took time off not too long back, because his heart wasn’t quite in it for a period. He’s had a rest, come back with his juices flowing and fired up again and he is in the form of his life. Who knows, that might well happen to me.
“At the minute, I don’t have the desire to do it. But I’m enjoying what I’m doing at the moment, I get my buzz making champions. Once you’ve been a champion, the next best thing is trying to make champions of someone else.
“Until the hunger comes back, I’m going to stay where I am.”
Rhodes claimed the European strap in his last fight seven months ago when he defeated Jamie Moore in a cracking domestic dust-up. (see video below)
“It was such a good fight, I enjoyed it so much despite it being one of the toughest fights of my career, that I wanted get straight back in the ring,” he added.
“Due to situations outside the ring that hasn’t been the case but there is no point looking back and dwelling on it.
“We’re seven months down the line and Ricky Hatton is promoting the fight.
“It’s fantastic to have Ricky promoting me for this fight. He’s been there, seen it and done it. I’ve got no reason to doubt that Ricky can in the future maybe get me a world title fight.”
Tonights fight will be shown live on SkySports 1 at 10pm.
Jamie Moore vs Ryan Rhodes fight – Rhodes wins the European light Middleweight title
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