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Part Fouteen - Cleaning up at cards... at long last

Ricky's Diary Posted 23rd April 2009 view comments

Ricky Hatton is back out in Las Vegas preparing for another crack at the pound-for-pound title.

In the build-up to May 2 you can follow the Hitman's every move with his exclusive fight diary on sykysports.com.

Scroll down for Ricky's latest entry as we take you right behind the scenes...

Hatton: back to winning ways on the card table

Hatton: back to winning ways on the card table

Tuesday, April 21

Another day closer to the fight and I cannot wait!

I did a conference call with the American press before heading off to the gym.

When I got there I did some more padwork with Floyd and Lee Beard - we have been working more and more on the technical moves I am going to need.

After that it was back to the apartment for a quick bite to eat, but it is noticeable now that there is more and more interviews that need doing to promote the fight.

We only play for a few dollars amongst ourselves, just a bit of fun to pass the time. That said, it is nice to take any money at all off the boys!

Ricky Hatton
Quotes of the week

It's all part of promoting the fight and if it helps make the world take notice of me v Manny, I don't mind.

Wednesday, April 22

Today was the last day of sparring and I have to say I felt strong and fit.

I was very pleased with my workout today and I genuinely think the amount of sparring we have done for this is just right. Now it is time to concentrate more and more on the technical work, sharpen my tools.

At least that means it might be a little cooler. Today was an absolute scorcher in the gym and has been getting hotter and hotter by the day out here. Manchester it certainly ain't!

After the gym I popped down to the MGM Grand, but not to look at the scene of where I will be fighting on May 2, but to have a brew at Starbucks! I do like their coffee, especially when I am out here in Vegas.

After dinner we all sat down for another game of cards. And I am delighted to tell you all that at long last, my luck has changed - and not before time!

Maybe my luck is turning at just the right time because I came across a new game in the casino recently, called 'War'.

You basically bet that you have a higher card than the dealer. I managed to win $300 the other night so with that and having finally won against the lads, I am on a roll.

Mind you, I won't be able to retire just yet - we only play for a few dollars amongst ourselves, just a bit of fun to pass the time. That said, it is nice to take any money at all off the boys!

I celebrated by sitting down to watch some DVD's, the usual comedies plus some boxing ones, including one on Mike Tyson. What a great fighter he was in his prime. Just awesome.

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