RICKY HATTON – THE COMEBACK
When i heard about Ricky Hatton’s plans to return to the ring back in September, i didn’t quite believe what i was hearing… After three and a half years out of the sport, at the age of 34, with his last fight being a total battering by Manny Pacquiao back in May 2009…… Is this guy for real?
Now don’t get me wrong, i love watching Ricky fight, he’s got an unbelievable following, and he really does represent Manchester in a big way, but surely the man has achieved all he can in the sport. What else, at his age could he do to top such a fantastic career?
It seems that his Dad, Ray, thinks along the same lines, as only 24 hours before Hatton’s comeback announcement, the former world champion allegedly had a fight with his father, with the two trading punches outside the Hatton Health & Fitness Gym in Hyde, that ended with Ray’s arrest and subsequent caution. Hatton had made his feelings public that since his retirement, and stated that his life had “turned to mush” and that he’d had major personal problems, but i can’t help but think that his return back to the ring is just to him trying to make himself feel a bit better about himself. At the age of 34 after spending so much time away, that he may not be quite upto the task.
The comeback fight will take place at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester on the 24th November 2012, against Vyacheslav Senchenko, who will be no pushover, let’s be clear on that, and Hatton has even made the contest a 10 rounder, but many of Boxing’s experts and pundits believe that Ricky still has it in him to win… I really do hope they’re right, for both the man himself, and his unquestionable army of fans!
Apparently when Hatton left school, he joined the family carpet business, but after he cut four of his fingers with a Stanley knife, his father made him a salesman to prevent him from losing his fingers… Hopefully, Ricky won’t lose any fingers in his comeback, but there’s a big chance that if he’s not careful, they could get severely burned. Fingers crossed, that won’t be the case. The Jury’s out…
Here’s the stats:
Height: 5ft 7in
Record: W45 (KO32) L2
Titles: IBF & WBA light welterweight and WBA welterweight
Height: 5ft 10in
Record: W32 (KO31) L1
Titles: WBA welterweight