It's on....maybe.

I suppose it was too much to ask that Matthew “Ricky’s brother” Hatton (41-4-2, 16KO) would defeat the unbeaten Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 25KO).

It would have taken a near miracle to see Hatton beat Alvarez, especially considering that the fight took place in a hostile arena to Hatton and with Hatton being considerably outweighed by Alvarez. Still, kudos to Hatton, he saw an opportunity and he went for it, if only more boxers had that attitude.

Speaking of which…

Vladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49KO) has pulled out of his planned fight with unbeaten British prospect, Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9KO), citing a lingering abdominal injury. David Haye’s next potential opponent, Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1 17KO), has been refused a license to box in the UK due to his medical history (he was found to have contracted Hepatitis B)

Naturally, this opens the door for an intriguing Chisora/Fury matchup, which should happen fairly quickly.

However, this finally means that we should see Vladimir Klitschko step in the ring with David Haye (25-1, 23KO), with plenty of time for promotional work, this will be, undoubtedly, the biggest fight in British boxing history.

Now, I’m not one for making predictions, generally I get them wrong and look like a bit of a tit. But the sheer magnitude of the fights we’re facing over the next 9 months has forced my hand, so I’m going to make three predictions here and now.

Get ready…

Carl Froch v Glen Johnson, I see an easy decision victory for Froch here. Johnson IS a quality fighter, but he’s well past his prime and has 14 losses against his name. If Froch approaches this fight with the same game plan as he had with Abraham, he should dominate the former light-heavy champion.

Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury, Got to be a Chisora KO (Round 8), Chisora has fought at the higher level and carries a brutal punch, if he gets inside the gypsy, it’ll be a short night’s work for Chisora.

Davis Haye v Vladimir Klitschko, For all the talk of Haye’s explosive power and fast hands, he’s never fought a boxer as complete as Klitschko. I don’t see Haye winning and I feel that this one goes to the judge’s cards. I’ll say it’s a fairly comprehensive defeat on points for the Londoner.


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.