Ricky's happy return

Ricky's happy return

Jim Watt admits it is a 'huge gamble', but is delighted with the news that Ricky Hatton is making a comeback.

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Asif Arif, manchester says...

Great draw for British boxing but if Ricky takes on the wrong opponent i.e. Khan as thats what the public really want he risks serious injury.

Posted 13:07 19th January 2010

Steven Mclean says...

rickys not past it, he had a crap referee on the PBF fight, never let him fihgt his style, howevfer the same ref allowed b-hop to do this against calzaghe. the pac man fight he just never turned up, it wasnt the best ricky hatton, just an off night. now im not saying it would ahve changed the result but he would have gave a better account of himself and maybe all you doubters would shut it. theres only one ricky hatton!

Posted 13:30 18th January 2010

Adam Whiteley says...

looks like mr Harun Yahya needs to have a re-think, obviously been watching different fights to me and the rest of the boxing world, he goes on to mention "Now the facts are Hatton over his last two fights has been stretched" yeh, once again mate, have a re-think, and look back over hattons last 2 fights, i seem to remember 1 of them was paulie malinaggi you ill-infomed wannabe. and just have a re-cap over how that fight went, and you will find that for all of malignaggis so called magic, not only did hatton beat him, hatton comprehensivley brought this guy down to nothing, he couldnt get a shot in at hatton, so mr Harun Yahya, are you sure hatton was stretched in his last fight? or do i detect the fact hatton has made something of himself, and you my friend, have not

Posted 11:22 18th January 2010

Kamran Khan says...

its actually qite a smart move! if he looses to another good fighter there in no harm done!! as he's been knocked out twice so a third defeat wont do him more harm. if he wins.. its makes him look good again.

Posted 11:44 17th January 2010

Harun Yahya says...

Is sentiment getting the better of you Mr Watt? A highly opinionated article, with plenty of heart but no chin as the saying goes. Youv discounted ALL the facts & gone purely on spirit. Hatton is now a spent force & that was blindingly obvious to see when he fought pacman. NO boxer in the world of the calibre of Hatton would go down so quick NO boxer would use his training as an excuse NO boxer who prides himself on heart and sheer guts would use "Burnout" as an alibi. Hatton used to fight like a real gladiator but in truth was smashed to bits by pacman. Just take another look at him being floored by him in the 2nd round, he looked a man who was washed up, at one point it looked quite critical when the doc was next to him, so dont try telling me that was pre-cautionery because hatton nearly swallowed his tongue & had a fit. For me that was a huge turning point, it was like Man United loosing 10-nil to Barcelona, it showed the gulf in class & quality. Now the facts are Hatton over his last two fights has been stretched, he looks as though somethings missing & above all age is catching up. For me Hatton training & getting back to shape will take a huge toll on his body, have you seen the size of him? Hes bloated & overweight. His mind is playing tricks with him & he "thinks" he can do it, but in essence he cant. Someone serisouly needs to sit down with this guy, put an arm around him & tell him to pack it in. I dont agree with Jim Watt about Hatton going out in that fashion will hurt his ego etc, thats a load of crap. Lets not forget Hatton is human at the end of the day, his life & health are the most important thing.....if he continues hes serisouly putting his life at risk

Posted 09:31 17th January 2010

Musaka Buzangey says...

its brilliant ricky is coming back. he can still unify the titles in the light welterweight division and that is what i hope hes goes on to do.... there's only 1 ricky hatton!!

Posted 15:31 16th January 2010

Brian Stewart says...

I Think Ricky should stay retired I feel he has achieved all he can and will not prevail against Urango..let alone Khan, I don¿t like Amir although if he were to fight Hatton it would be a miss match speed and power going for Amir. Marquez is the best option in my opinion although he also carry¿s speed¿.Hang them up Ricky and focus on your business interests. It is no shame losing to Floyd and Pac-man, although losing to lesser opponents on your resume would tarnish your legacy.

Posted 20:19 15th January 2010

Paul Wickes says...

Spot on Jim! I think Ricky wants to do what Nigel Benn wanted to do, go out with a right good tear up!

Posted 16:56 14th January 2010

Steve Jones says...

I think to be fair to Ricky, he took on and lost to the two best pound for pound boxers in the world, the boy had a go, no matter what people think, how can any more be asked of him?? We constantly moan about how Calzaghe 'dodged fights' and other completely false statements like that, but the pure fact is, no other fighter at that weight will beat Manny or Floyd jr, so fair play to Ricky, he deserves a chance to set the record straight and to finish his career off in style.

Posted 16:02 14th January 2010

Steve Jones says...

I think to be fair to Ricky, he took on and beat the two best pound for pound boxers in the world, the boy had a go, no matter what people think, how can any more be asked of him?? We constantly moan about how Calzaghe 'dodged fights' and other completely false statements like that, but the pure fact is, no other fighter at that weight will beat Manny or Floyd jr, so fair play to Ricky, he deserves a chance to set the record straight and to finish his career off in style.

Posted 16:01 14th January 2010

Freddie Bear says...

Good luck to Ricky for whoever he fights. He has been a great ambassedor for British boxing. Win or Lose this next fight Ricky will still be remembered for the great nights he has given his fans over the years, and will be forever a hero in our eyes. When the day finally comes when the hitman hangs up his gloves, i for one will be forever grateful to him for the memorys i have of his career. Best of Luck Hitman

Posted 15:37 14th January 2010

Timothy Bradley says...

Always enjoy reading Jim's blogs, always balanced, never biased and always very informative. Which I cannot say for the BBC's 'experts'

Posted 15:23 14th January 2010

Andrew Evans says...

I hope Ricky doesn't do himself any damage by fighting on too long. One more then out, he doesn't have anything to prove. Two weight World Champ. I was gutted when he lost to Pac in such a destructive fashion, as I wanted him to go out as World Champ and undefeated at LWW. Good Luck Rick

Posted 14:44 14th January 2010

Rob C says...

I have only one worry about Hatton.....I feel he's lost the abiltly to take a good punch & fire back! I hear alot of rumours that he sparred with a cuban before the pac fight & the cuban knocked hatton all over the ring & they sacked him after one session! when your sparring partners are bossing you about the ring then it's a tell tale sign that your shot, thats assuming it's true. I love Ricky & hope with all my heart it's a sucessful comeback, also i wonder if this is the reason Khan is thinking of splitting from Warren, coz theres no way hatton will fight him under Warren promotions!

Posted 14:17 14th January 2010

Adam Whiteley says...

this is fantastic news, ricky aint the only fighter who has lost 2 fights and boxed on, hes doing the right thing for him at the end of the day, and no one els, ill be watching ricky, who ever it may be...

Posted 13:07 14th January 2010

Mooketsi Lekgetho says...

The hitman is a great boxer and he will always be. He can still rule the light welter division. Its good to have people like him in the sport

Posted 12:43 14th January 2010

Dean Howlett says...

Ricky is a good fighter and a nice guy, but if he goes up against Marquez he will be beaten without a shadow of a doubt. Mayweather and Manny are out of his league sadly, and a fight with Urango doesn't personally excite me at all. I think perhaps he should have retired now and not risked his health and tarnishing his legacy any further. The very best of luck to him though, I would love him to prove me wrong!

Posted 12:28 14th January 2010

Craig Boustead says...

I think that Ricky making a comback is maybe the right decision for him. It's better he decides to fight on now, rather than try to make an ill-fated comeback in a few years' time, when his skills would have declined even further. If he still has the desire to mix it with the best 10 stoners around, i for one respect his decision. I hope he finds a great trainer that will do everything he can to improve Ricky and to make realistic adjustments to his game, to get his speed, composure and confidence back. Someone who doesn't care about their ego , and is passonate about bringing Ricky in the best shape possible, Freddie Roach would be the first choice, lets hope its possible. As for an opponent, bring in Amir Khan, what an excellent fight that would be.

Posted 08:50 14th January 2010

Trevor Foale says...

Like most boxing fans, I'm very pleased the Hitman is going to get back in the ring. He is unique as a boxer as most people, including non boxing fans, appreciate the fact he is a genuine down-to-earth guy. The Pacquiao fight was a disappointment so here's hoping he can finally end on a high.

Posted 08:31 14th January 2010

Scott Wyllie says...

The last comment from Roni Kara is crazy. Why would Hatton have fought Junior Witter when he had the chance to become p4p king? If Junior Witter was so good why did he not clear up the division? Because he never had the strength and quality of Ricky Hatton thats why!! Hatton has never dodged a tough fight in his career so to hear Roni bang on about him not fighting Witter is a joke.

Posted 23:40 13th January 2010

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