Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton still has the pressure and tenacity he was known for in his multiple world championship career.
Hatton is a legend of British boxing, as beloved outside of the ring as he was in it. Whenever the Manchester man had a scrap booked, thousands went with him – no matter how far the trip. In a professional campaign spanning 15 years, he fought 48 times and won 45.
Hatton is now lacing up the gloves once more for an exhibition bout with Marco Antonio Barrera. The Mexican had 67 wins from 75 fights and, much like MCR does Hatton, his home fans regard him as a legend.
In a newly released training clip via his Twitter, Hatton shows some nice work in the ring with his newly gained physique. He’s been open his weight gain when out of the ring throughout his career, but presents a figure more reminiscent of when he was at his peak.
Getting there now. On the mitts today. 👍🏻🥊 pic.twitter.com/dGk99xf5Au
— Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) October 31, 2022
Now 44 years of age, fans will hope that the Hatton – Barrera bout is a good spirited affair that gives both men a chance to showcase what made them great whilst respecting the dangers of the sport. Something similar to Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr rather than the much more sinister-feeling return of Evander Holyfield against Tito Ortiz in which the legend was knocked out inside one round, exhibition or otherwise.
The two fighters share a common opponent in Manny Pacquiao, both coming up short. It was one of the times Hatton appeared on pay-per-view – the other a lost to the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. Thankfully for fans who want to see this last dance, it’s available on Sky Sports on November 12.
Hatton will be motivated by his son, Campbell, who has carried the family name into the professional game once more with a record of 8 fights and 8 wins.