3rd November 2012
Former world champion and the most popular British boxer of modern times Ricky Hatton makes his anticipated comeback in three weeks time at the MEN Arena in Manchester, his spitual fighting home and the place of his career defining win over Kostya Tszyu in 2005.
On November 24th, Hatton will face former welterweight world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and today ‘The Hitman’ spoke to his fans through his blog to tell them that he has a burning desire to compete at the highest level again; adding he feels ‘Amazingly excited about his future and even better than he did for his pro debut in 1997.’
Ricky Hatton Blog
Ricky Hatton Blog
‘Three weeks to go and another week of intensive training passes, and I’m feeling stronger, fitter and hungrier – and can’t wait. I’m winding down on training my young and gifted set of fighters, and increasingly passing them on to the excellent Mike Jackson, who’s been constantly at my side, and he has continued training them whenever I’m on my own training schedule with Bob Shannon.
Many have said I should have stopped training them already, but it keeps me mentally focused (with the added responsibility of being a visible ‘role model’) and I just love helping others fulfil their potential.
There’s nothing better than feeling that I’m playing an active part in the development of the likes of young Craig Lyon, and the rising force that is Sergey Rabchenko.
From everything I’ve seen, they can both go on to be great champions in their own right, should they both continue to develop at this pace. I’m constantly letting them know that talent is where it all starts, but without dedication and effort talent is easily wasted.
Nobody knows that better than I do.
We had some really good and quality media coverage this week; starting with an in-depth interview with the challenging but always excellent, Garry Richardson, on BBC Radio 5Live on Sunday morning.
This was followed by strong pieces based on the interview in The Mirror and The Times.
Boxing Monthly, Sport, The Daily Telegraph and FHM published extensive articles which are well worth a read.
I have to say, I was a little surprised that FHM didn’t break with tradition, and have me on their front cover, especially as my tattoos are just a little more prominent than hers. I’m told I might be missing something here!
Whilst all around me are really positive about my comeback, and the fight with Vyacheslav Senchenko, I’ve been hearing a bit of negative noise from some ‘doubters’; who just won’t believe that at 34, I can ever recover my former strength and skills.
At times this gets on my nerves, and gets me a little angry, but I’m now channelling this to seriously motivate myself, and get really fired up to prove them all wrong.
At long last, I’m no longer worrying about the recent dark and difficult days; these are now thankfully behind me. It has been useful and cathartic to talk about them in recent interviews, as it has helped me to move on in an altogether more positive frame of mind.
I’m not going to talk about this anymore, as I now need to just focus on being the best that I can be on the night of November 24th and not let any of you down.
Amazingly I’m feeling as excited and even better than I did for my pro debut so many years ago. It’s a fabulous and energising time in my life. I really needed this adrenaline and positive ‘pressure’ to kick-start this burning desire to compete at the highest level again, and for more and deeper reasons than just the glory of it all.
I had the huge privilege and pleasure of attending the Variety Club’s Industry Awards in Manchester this week. I was pleasantly surprised and deeply honoured to be presented with an award alongside some great ‘local’ heroes that have achieved so much. I’m very flattered and well chuffed.
Dan & Mat from Ad Hoc films have started filming their feature film documentary on my comeback in an easy going, professional and non-disruptive manner; so far, so good.
I’ve no idea how the story will turn out, and neither do they, but I do feel that there might be lessons, both good and not so good, that many can learn from.
Jen & I will need to get used to having them around, as they will be filming my entire comeback, and I’m as sure as I can be, that they will still be filming in two years.
I just wanted to end on a bit of a timely football note, as I’ll be going to watch the Premier League Champions, Man City, play Tottenham on November 11th and then back again in fight week; I couldn’t possibly miss, what could well be the game of the season, City versus Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.
In the week that everyone has been talking about 007’s return in the all action ‘Skyfall’, I’m going to laser focus on my all action return in ‘Blue Moon Rising’, opening on November 24th at the Manchester Arena.