Ricky Hatton’s Back – Brilliant!

January 13, 2010

Ricky Hatton - Coming Back (photo:PA)

YES!!! Ricky Hatton’s coming back, get in!

Please excuse the rather extravagant use of exclamation marks there, but this is a piece of boxing news that I can get genuinely excited about. There’s no getting away from it, Britain’s current World Champions aren’t exactly inspiring parades in the streets. Carl Froch has been largely anonymous since taking the title off Jean Pascal in 2008 (despite turning in one of the great performances by a British boxer by beating Jermain Taylor in Connecticut) and David Haye, as good as he is, still needs a quality performance against quality opposition in order to endear himself to the British public.

Anyway, back to Hatton, now normally, the potential return of a rapidly fading ex-champion would inspire nothing but extreme apathy here, but there’s something about Hatton that’s infinitely watchable. Maybe it’s his all action style, maybe it’s his refusal to take a backwards step in the ring, maybe it’s the fact that he’s a genuinely good bloke, who knows?

Now Hatton has announced his comeback, everyone is asking who he’ll fight. Plenty of names have been bandied about. Juan Urango has been mentioned, The Sun has reported that the Ukrainian, Vyacheslav Senchenko is in the frame and of course, Juan Manuel Marquez, fresh after his beating at the hands of Mayweather, seems to be hanging around as well. Personally, I’d like to see him beat up on Amir Khan, but that’s about as likely to happen as a Pacquiao blood test (oooh, satire).

Ricky Hatton deserves his last shot, if not just so that the last image of him isn’t one where he’s lying on the floor, sparked out.

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