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The return of the Hitman!

by NuggetOnFire (U14146519) 13 January 2010
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Just been confimed that Ricky Hatton will fight again in 2010 @ 140lbs. IMO he should go nowhere near a ring again!

He could do himself some damage and should just chill on his millions! Possibly against JMM who I think will beat Ricky with his superior boxing skills.

Should Hatton come back? Is he just mugging us off wanting anothe pay day!?

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posted Jan 14, 2010

"Just been confimed that Ricky Hatton will fight again in 2010 @ 140lbs. IMO he should go nowhere near a ring again!"

This kind of comment is exactly the sort I can hardly stand. I hear calls for Hatton to retire from a surprising amount of people all because of a couple of losses and a botched CV over the last few years, because of the disappearance of his 0, it was the same after the Mayweather loss. And when he's still young enough to respectfully continue.

Having nothing left to prove doesn't mean it's time to hang them up, that is disrespectful to the fighter himself. Has it ever occurred to you that Hatton is a person too and that he might like the sport and feel confident enough to carry on? How would you like it if you loved something and people wanted you to give it up? This isn't Holyfield or Hopkins we're talking about.

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posted Jan 14, 2010

No, look this is silly, most people are saying that he should retire because in their opinion he has nothing to offer. Its all very well noting that he has only 2 losses ad thats right, problem is, his last loss rendered him a star gazer for the next 5 minutes. If he had been really careful in the intervening period and recuperated, learnt some lessons, got good people around him and showed some hunger this ring return would be welcomed. All he has done is things to distract him further from the task at hand. He promotes and eats and drinks now, the last two things he seems to do a lot of. I have never seen Floyd, Manny or any of the other top guys walking around like Ricky is at the moment. His weight is a joke gone too far and now he is the joke.

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posted Jan 14, 2010

Okay, serious head on.

Hatton should not come back to the ring for two reasons.

1: He is not good enough to beat either Pacman or PBF.

2: (and this is more important) his career was based on an ability to throw big body shots and also to be able to attack relentlessly and take whatever punishment came his way.

I like Hatton, he's a clever guy, with a great career behind him. That's where it should stay.

People say he has earned the right to come back. I agree.

Does that make it wise? I would say no.

He's going to have to lose a LOT of body weight before the fight. I would judge by the pictures in the press that Hatton is anything between 3-5 stone over his fighting weight.

For an athlete to be that far out of condition so soon after fighting tells you a lot about his metabolism and his lifestyle.

If he attempts to lose this weight over a short period he will be weakened considerably. His body, as all bodies do, require carbs and proteins. If he want's to lose all that weight then the carbs must go, and so does a lot of the strength.

I thought it was very interesting when Roach got a hold of Khan and said he wanted to transfer some of that upper torso muscle to his legs. He knows what he's speaking about.

Too much muscle and not enough fat (that's athlete fat, not fat person fat) leaves you operating like a sprinter or a gymnast, or a racehorse. You are good for short spurts, not punishing battles.

Fighters need weight, but Hattons problem is that he struggles to make the weight naturally, so he starves himself and the result is what we saw against Pacman.

Few fighters can pare back to the bones without losing strength and power. The ones that manage it are the ones like Pacman and PBF etc that move UP the weights.

At the moment Hatton on the scales is probably a light middleweight.

Too much to lose.

One final point. His motivation is dubious/unexplained. This is something that worries me greatly. I fear the worst for Hatton, but hope for the best.

Here's to Khan doing the job in the next few years, I for one think he will. But then again, this is boxing, a funny old game.

LJ

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comment by robzaba (U2159929)

posted Jan 14, 2010

LJ,

That's a great post/comment.

Hatton doesn't want to go out with a loss, but he might end up going out with 2 or 3 losses, losses on his record, but more seriously, losses to his long-term health.

The mistake that Holyfield made was this: he made a promise to one of his young children that he would once again be champ before he gave it up, it was a rash promise and one which endangers his very future as a father. Hatton doesn't need to make any such promises. He has a family who adore him, and fans who have been rewarded with entertaining and difficult fights.

Ben Dirs said it very well recently:

Another fighter who thought he knew when to quit is Freddie Roach, the American trainer who masterminded Pacquiao's two-round demolition of Hatton.

"Knockouts like that are not good for people," said Roach, who suffers from Parkinson's disease exacerbated by boxing, after Hatton's devastating defeat.

"I was told to retire by my trainer and I fought five more fights without him. I lost four of them, so my trainer was probably right."

Somewhere inside Hatton, there is a form of Pride burning away, but that Pride should be directed towards his past career, and not any future glory.

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posted Jan 15, 2010

So why is the other guy a clown for putting his view or opinion out ? Youve put yours , who's to say people dont thk ur a clown? What makes you qualified to be a know it all anyway? We should respect Ricky whatever he wants to do...he lost to the two greatest fightrs of the modern error, really is there any shame in that? I thk people that thk they are experts but are clearly arm chair fans , prob never put any gloves on before etc ... they should keep it shut. I hope Ricky has a comeback wins another world title and retires a happy man... im a fan and that means whether he wins or loses. Good luck Ricky i hope you prove the " unqualified pundits " wrong mate and do the business atleast one more time. By the way also re - Juan manuel marquez.. he would get stopped in a haze of body shots by hatton no probs.

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posted Jan 15, 2010

complete idiot , lets all aact liek we know about boxing!!! its ez to slate sum1 wen theya re down ...hattons a warrior

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comment by ted (U6576923)

posted Jan 15, 2010

HATTON SHOULD FIGHT ON FOR ANOTHER 2 YEARS AT LEAST,HES ONLY 31 WITH 2 DEFEATS.

HOWEVER BECAUSE HE HAS SAID THIS IS A FAREWELL FIGHT THEN IN MY OPINION HE IS KIDDING HIMSELF AND CONNING HIS FANS AND ONLY FIGHTING MARQUEZ FOR SOME PRIDE AND GREED!!!

HATTON WAS NEVER REAL WORLD CLASS,HE CANT BOX AND CAN BE HIT AT WILL EASILY.STUPID HATTON FANS STILL TALKING ABOUT HIS SO CALLED LEGENDARY BODY SHOTS LOL LOL WHAT A LOAD OF SH**E.CLOWNS.

MARQUEZ CAN BOX AND I WANT HIM TO BOX RICKY INTO RETIREMENT.

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comment by ted (U6576923)

posted Jan 15, 2010

HATTON SAYS HE WANTS TO GO OUT AT THE TOP,SO HOW DOES A FIGHT WITH A 36YEAR OLD MARQUEZ JUSTIFY THAT STATEMENT??

HATTONS STILL RANKED HIGH UP IN THE LWW DIVISION SO WHY NOT CHALLENGE THE WBO LWW CHAMP Timothy Bradley??

ANSWER?? CAUSE HATTON WOULD GET BADLY BEATEN AND KNOCKED OUT.

CHICKEN HATTON!!! CON MAN.

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posted Jan 15, 2010

WOW THERE ARE SOME REAL DOUCHE BAGS IN HERE, WHEN PBF FOUGHT JMM, JMM WAS CLASSED AS A TOP FIGHTER BUT AFER BEING SHOWN UP BY MAYWETHER HE IS NOW A NO-BODY, I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE JUST CUS A GUY LOSES DONT MEAN THEY ARE DONE, I WOULD REFER PEOPLE TO ALI WHEN HE WAS BEAT BY FRAZURE, HOLLA BAK DOUCHEBAGS

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posted Jan 16, 2010

ricky hatton has always been an over rated fighter. He has never had a chin either. Eamonn magee exposed him,pbf exposed him & then pacman exposed him. he will never be a legend. and as for the money he has made, 2 words- ABOLUTE JOKE!

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