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Ricky Hatton back in the ring - Steve Bunce


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Ricky Hatton looks certain to return to the ring by the middle of 2010.

 

Hatton has just returned from a secret fact-finding trip to Australia, South Africa and Macao and has finally admitted that the urge to return to the ring is just too much for him to resist.

 

"I've not made my mind up for certain but it looks like I will fight again next year," said Hatton.

 

The Manchester boxer has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in their May super-fight in Las Vegas. That ended in the second round and since that night Hatton has kept his family and his fans guessing about his plans.

 

"I've heard a lot and read a lot of speculation about my future and I have to admit there are some great fights out there," added Hatton.

 

"I've enjoyed my time off from fighting and the promoting has been brilliant. "It's not been all about the glory and we had Matthew [his brother] losing a controversial decision in a world title fight.

 

"I also had Matt Macklin win the European middleweight title and put himself in the mix for a world title.

 

"I will still be promoting shows and so far I've had three shows on Sky and I've got more dates in 2010.

 

"People told me that I would get the itch when I was at ringside at my own shows and they were right!" There is a long list of American fighters whose names have been linked with Hatton's return, including the great Oscar De La Hoya, but there is one name closer to home that seems to have captured the public's imagination.

 

During the last three months there has been endless talk of a massive domestic dust-up between Hatton and current WBA lightwelter champion Amir Khan. "A fight against Amir would be an enormous fight for everybody in the boxing business, but I would have to be one of the promoters," said Hatton.

 

"I know that Amir would take the fight and it is something that I have talked about - it's a long way off, but it could happen.

 

"Amir has his own promotional company now and that is all that would be needed to make that fight happen."

 

It is known that there is a split inside the Hatton Empire between those that want him to return and those that want him to stay on the safe side of the ropes.

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Hatton ready to return

Former world champon Ricky Hatton has resumed training. “The Hitman” has been out of the ring since being demolished by Manny Pacquiao in May. After taking a cruise over Christmas, Hatton is expected to make an official comeback announcement in February. Accoreding to the Manchester Evening News, talks have begun for a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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Who do you think he will fight or should fight?

 

I think a fringe contender like Mike Arnoustis or similar - so he can see whats left.

 

Or even Cesar Rene Cuenca an unbeaten Argentinian. 37 wins only 1 Ko.

 

I think jumping straight in with someone like Timothy Bradley is a step too far at the moment.

 

couldn't agree more. i absolutely believe ricky should keep fighting but he'd lose to jmm or bradley. match with khan would be great but ricky in particular must remain unbeaten in the meantime. khan might be able to take a loss vs a top champion and hatton match could still be made marketable.

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how about ricky hatton vs. nate campbell?

 

Campbell bottled it against the relatively light punching Bradley, if Hatton was any where near peak get Nate out of there imo

 

i see what your saying but i disagree.

 

campbell vs. hatton would be a pretty good fight IMO. maybe casamayor or zab judah would be good as well.

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how about ricky hatton vs. nate campbell?

 

Campbell bottled it against the relatively light punching Bradley, if Hatton was any where near peak get Nate out of there imo

 

i see what your saying but i disagree.

 

campbell vs. hatton would be a pretty good fight IMO. maybe casamayor or zab judah would be good as well.

 

Judah would be a good fight and a very dangerous one for Hatton, his style would be a nightmare for Hatton for the 1st half of the fight

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