Sunday 23rd April 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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Ricky Hatton back to boxing

Ricky Hatton went straight forward and greeted with a left hook that cracked his chin so hard it can be heard in the camera amidst the boisterous fans around the arena that brutal knockout was voted knockout of the year and it was a no contest. It was the second time Ricky tried to challenge the no.1 pound per pound title and both fights ended by a knockout. It wasn’t Ricky’s fault that Floyd Mayweather was bigger and quicker than him it wasn’t his fault either when Manny Pacquiao showed his newly developed power it’s just that Ricky has fought a number of wars and it’s slowly taking its toll. We all know Hatton bloat up before and after he signs a fight that’s why he always set up his training camp three months before he fights to get rid of those accumulated night outs and beer drinking days. Those things could really affect Hatton’s body and at age 31 and after being exposed by Mayweather and Pacquiao I just think it’s time to hang up his gloves for good. He has fought the best of what there is to offer in his division even going one division higher to challenge Mayweather. We all remember how he dismantled Kostya Tszyu and Jose Luis Castillo the trash talking but feather fisted Paulie Malignaggi and a number of the “Hitman’s” hit list. His return to boxing maybe unprecedented but Hatton has been love by many especially his country man and he doesn’t want to end his career in a bad note. We all want to end our story with happy ever after and so Ricky is clinging to boxing for one last fight.
There are very limited options for Ricky since there aren’t meaningful fights we could compare on to his division. Juan Manuel Marquez could be an enticing fight with the former no.2 pound per pound fighter giving Manny Pacquiao a draw and a split decision win that could go either way. Amir Khan is also being put to the mix which isn’t a bad marketing strategy after all. Khan maybe fast but his chin is suspect and Hatton can clearly capitalize on this one. One fight could be very explosive from start to finish if he fights Edwin Valero but Edwin is such a high risk and low reward fighter so Hatton will have to choose between Khan and Marquez. Ricky Hatton was amazing on his stint in the WWE and I feel he could be better if he concentrates more on the promotional side. Let’s just hope whoever he fights it ends with Hatton raising his hands at the end of the bell because we don’t want to see Hatton’s perfect legacy put to waste. The “Hitman” should know the perfect time he stops hitting.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]