Jim Watt admits it is a 'huge gamble', but is delighted with the news that Ricky Hatton is making a comeback.Back to story
Is it great to see Ricky back? I can't see how he can offer anything to top level boxing anymore other than being a stepping stone. Khan would destroy Hatton, he can't deal with speed his punch resistance has gone and the guy can't defend himself. I think Ricky is looking for excuses and trust me he will be stopped again. I have never seen a modern day fighter blow up so much in weight and he must be nearing 14 stone or more who else does it? Most fighters walk around 8lbs or so above there fighting weight. I also feel if he fights Juan Urango he's after a easy pay day and is taking the easy way out by taking on a fighter he's already beaten. But i also believe if he fights Marquez he will get taken apart!!!
Posted 22:48 13th January 2010
I think Ricky Hatton is seriously risking his health by going back in the ring. His lifestyle has caught up with him with the constant ballooning in weight and his punch resistance just isn't there anymore. Manny hits hard, but surely not so hard as to drop a natural light welterweight two times in the first round. Watching Ricky lifeless on the canvas at the end of the fight was scary and his girlfriend's scream was truly chilling. I am one of those fans who will never forgive him for dodging Junior Witter, who I think would have been too skilful for Ricky, but this is a minor gripe in comparison to his achievements. There is no shame in losing to two of the best fighters of his generation. He was an exciting British boxer who became a world champion in 2 divisions and his legacy speaks for itself. But the fact is he abused his body in the process and now, for his own safety, he should enjoy his retirement and stay away from a boxing ring. I love boxing but I do not want to see Ricky get badly and permanently hurt. I hope I am proved wrong.
Posted 22:36 13th January 2010
Great news for boxing and Jim's right in saying Hatton is still a massive attraction. He should beat Marquez to get into the top 10 p4p then have another crack at Mayweather and Pacman. At 31 Ricky has plently of time to achieve his dream of being p4p king. With the right training camp and hard work Ricky can do it. He is by far the greatest British boxer of all time and one of the best in the world.
Posted 21:24 13th January 2010
I agree with Jim that this is great news for boxing and that he is still a big attraction on both sides of the pond. I think Ricky should go back to the scene of the crime and fight Marquez at the MGM in Vegas to get back into the top 10 p4p. Then if we performs well he should have another crack at Mayweather as he was extremely unlucky the way the referee behaved during that fight. I think his age is definitely not an issue and neither is his weight as he always makes the weight comfortably. There is still plenty of time for the Hitman to be p4p king!!!
Posted 20:37 13th January 2010
Jim Watt, your comments are spot on, I couldn't agree with you more. Just wanted to say hello from a former and the only American to become a Scottish Boxing Champion (1981 SABA Lightmiddle weight). I was a U.S. Navy sailor stationed in Dunoon, Scotland. Can you remember you went with the Scottish Team when we boxed against England in Jersey (Channel Islands) in 1982. I was on the team and won my fight. I boxed for Scotland 7 times and proud of it. All the best to you Jim.
Posted 19:57 13th January 2010