Simon Jordan has revealed what he thinks is the biggest fight to take place on British shores this century – and it’s not Joshua vs Klitschko OR Froch vs Groves 2.
The controversial radio host named Ricky Hatton sensational win over then pound-for-pound star Kosta Tszyu at the Manchester Arena as the fight that stands above all others when speaking on Talksport.
“The fight that I think is probably the biggest fight, it wasn’t because of its size, it was just because of the sheer nature of the opposition or the perceived opposition.”
“I actually think the person was in decline when he had this fight. But the perceived opposition and the engagement from the boxing world was Ricky Hatton vs. Kostya Tszyu.”
“I’ve been fortunate to go to a lot of the fights around the world and in Britain. I had no particular dog in the fight besides the fact Ricky Hatton was an Englishman.”
“Of course, I’d want an Englishman to win but I was going to watch a good fight and obviously Kostya Tszyu came with a legendary status, but the sheer intensity of the atmosphere, you saw the people who supported Ricky Hatton.”
Hatton’s win over Tszyu in 2005 turned him into a superstar and propelled him into mega fights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
‘The Hitman’ will be returning to the ring after a decade this weekend when he takes on Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera in an exhibition bout at the same arena he dethroned Tszyu in all those years ago.