Ricky Hatton as expected, today officially anounced he will be making a fighting again, after eight months out of the ring.
Hatton made the anouncement official today when he posted the following statement on his website
‘Ricky Hatton has confirmed to Hatton Tv that he will be making a return to the ring in 2010. He will start his training camp after returing from a family holiday in February. No opponent has yet been fixed or a venue and Ricky will talk with Sky TV about possible dates before any decisions are made. The video interview with SkySports is featured below.
Hatton will have a least one fight this summer, is not yet known who his comeback opponent will be, but Hatton as made it clear it as to be a top ranked fighter, world champion or pound for pound top 10.
Old foe and current IBF light welterweight champion Juan Urango is one potential option , Urango as already expressed his willingness to fight Hatton again, stating that inexperience cost him the last time they met, Hatton winning and defending his title with a twelve round decision in January 2007.
Speculation continues to grow over the possibility of an all British showdown between Hatton and his good friend and current holder to Hattons former light welterweight mantle, Amir Khan,.
Khan currently holds the WBA belt, and although Hatton has said ideally he wouldn’t really want to fight his good friend Khan, he wasnt sure anyway that his team and Frank Warren could work closely enough to broker a deal, having now fallen out, after Warren took Hatton to court after there split, but he didn’t fully rule out a clash with the Bolton man.
I believe Juan Manuel Marquez will be the boxer that Ricky decides is the best option. Marquez himself coming off a loss, to former Hatton conqurer Floyd MayweatherJnrs, is still a world class fighter, so much so he is still rated in the top ten pound for pound rankings, Mayweather did beat him good, although weight differance was considered a factor, Mayweather just proved that he is head and shoulders above most, even the brilliant Mexican.
Although the Marquez fight is not official, this fight makes sense, and will sell tickets no problem, Marquez is a Mexican favorate and as a big following within the Hispanic community, and with Hatton having possibly the biggest following of any boxer in the sport at the moment, this fight makes sense all round, also being at light welterweight, Hatton’s prefered weight.
“If I’m going to end my career I want to end it on top. It’s got to be a big name so I can get my teeth into it.”
By Chris Maylett British Boxers Website
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