“I trained Ryan for a short while at the start of his career,” said Hatton, who has battled depression since he hung up his gloves.
“But I wasn’t the trainer I am today.
“I was having a lot of problems at the time, I wasn’t in a good place at all, and Ryan felt the training was better elsewhere.
“I understand why he left. There are no hard feelings.
“The Ricky Hatton of today is in a miles better place than the Ricky Hatton back then.
“I’m a better trainer and the gym is buzzing. I’ve got fighters like Zhanat, (English super-middleweight champion) Darryll Williams and (unbeaten heavyweight) Nathan Gorman in the gym.”