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Hatton backs Tony Bellew to succeed


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FORMER world champion Ricky Hatton has backed Liverpool light-heavyweight Tony Bellew to succeed.


Hatton – now a successful promoter – says Commonwealth champion Bellew (15-0) has the tools to go far in boxing.


‘The Bomber’ recovered from two knockdowns in his last fight against Ovill McKenzie to record an eighth round stoppage win.


"Tony is a lovely kid who is showing plenty of promise," said Hatton.


"He has cut it fine a little bit in his last couple of fights. He has not sailed through it but when I was coming through I had fights like that.


"If every fight is far too comfortable then you are not really learning anything.


“Eamonn Magee knocked me on my backside, I had cuts and was given one round to win fights – you need to experience stuff like that to stand you in good stead for the big fights that are ahead.


"He is going to be at championship level soon and, despite a few hairy moments, he is probably ticking more boxes than most."


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