9th May 2012 

Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton has fired back at Dave Coldwell, trainer of Hatton Promotions light-middleweight star Ryan Rhodes.
Coldwell
claims that Hatton Promotions are not acting in the boxer’s best
interests after ‘The Hitman’ started training his big fight rival Sergey
Rabchenko
.
Sheffield’s
Rhodes attempts to regain the European crown when he meets Hatton
Promotions stable mate Rabchenko for the vacant title on the ‘Road To
Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday 16th June.
Ricky
finds himself in the position where two of his world class fighters
being matched by the European Boxing Union, and Coldwell is upset that
the former two-weight world champion is training the Belarussian
puncher.
 Hatton explained: “I am in an awkward and horrible position now as I’m a trainer and promoter.
“I think the world of Ryan and all my boxers.
“Ryan and his trainer Dave Coldwell have known me long enough to know I have all my boxers’ best interests at heart.
“It
is a strange situation but I’d have thought of all people that Coldwell
who is also a promoter and a trainer would have understood the
predicament I now face.
“Since
Hatton Promotions started promoting Ryan we have secured him a world
title challenge, and this will be the second time we have made a
European title shot for Ryan.
Dave Coldwell
“For
Coldwell to insinuate that we would possibly be stitching Ryan up and
not acting in his best interests has hurt me personally.
“These
are unfair comments from Coldwell and shows what a fickle sport boxing
is. He seems to forget what I have done for Ryan since we signed him.”
Hatton agreed to train unbeaten Rabchenko before the vacant championship contest against Rhodes was mandated by the EBU.
They were due to meet in March, and then Hatton told Rabchenko to stay with his current trainer until he’d boxed Rhodes.
When
Rhodes pulled out of that date, Hatton worked Rabchenko’s corner when
the Belarusian fought replacement Ronny Gabel in a non-title fight.
Hatton added: “I did the honourable thing and spoke to Ryan explaining that I was now working with Sergey after he pulled out.
“I tweeted just over a week ago that Sergey had landed in Manchester and was in the gym training.
“Coldwell tweeted back that Ryan didn’t know I was training him said that as Ryan’s promoter I was trying to get him beat.
“It goes without saying I’m training Sergey to win but as a promoter it doesn’t change anything.
“As
the promoter of the winner I will bend over backwards for them to
secure a world title and it goes without saying that I will be there to
help the loser re-build their career.”

Road to Glory Press Conference Video


The ‘Road To Glory’ bill also features a vacant WBA interim
super-bantamweight title fight between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe,
Martin Murray in championship action and Rhodes’ fellow steel city
fighter Richard Towers facing Michael Wallisch for the vacant EU
heavyweight crown.
There
will be a talent stacked undercard that will include former British and
Commonwealth welterweight champion Craig Watson (20-5), unbeaten
hopefuls Adam Etches (7-0), Scott Jenkins (4-0), Ryan Doyle (1-0), Jimmy
Kelly
(1-0).
Ticket
prices
are now on sale priced £125 (VIP Inner Ringside + exclusive cash
bar), £100 Ringside, £55, £35 and £30. You can purchase tickets by
calling Hatton Promotions hotline 01925 755
222 www.ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 847 2500 www.ticketline.co.uk 0844 888
4402 www.hmv.com
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