Campbell Hatton progressed his professional record to nine wins and zero losses with a first round knockout courtesy of a crisp body shot.
The young lightweight from Manchester took only half a round to dispose of Denis Bartos on the undercard of Dmitry Bivol versus Gilberto Ramirez. Whilst Baros – a 9-6 fighter who started off his professional career at flyweight – didn’t necessarily represent a step up in competition for Hatton, it can’t be denied that the way he finished it was easy on the eye.
Campbell trademarking the shot with his family name is apt, because upon seeing the left hook to the body which made Bartos miss the count, fans took to social media to compare the shot to one of his father’s favourites. In particular, a fight-stopping blow against Jose Luis Castillo in June 23, 2007.
Of the punch, the elder Hatton said that it broke his opponent’s ribs and was ‘probably the best body shot he ever threw.’ That’s saying something, considering ‘Hitman’ stopped plenty of his opponents by targeting that area. Seeing his son do the same had many fans reminiscing.
One social media used commented saying ‘His old man must’ve taught him that. Great punch!’ Whilst another pointed out Ricky was ‘known for putting his opponents down with this shot.’ Another viewer called Campbell ‘the fighting double of his old man.’
The similarities were always going to be made when the son of a British boxing legend decides to lace up and fight. What’s more, the father-son duo have spoken recently about sparring together, making it even more likely that Ricky’s style will be handed down.
Campbell will now look to 2023 for a step up in competition and number of rounds. Meanwhile, Ricky steps through the ropes this weekend in Manchester for an exhibition with Marco Antonio Barrera.