Hatton could be too faded to beat Senchenko
By Scott Gilfoid: While a lot of boxing fans are giving 34-year-old Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KO’s) a good chance of beating former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1, 21 KO’s) on November 24th in Manchester, England, what these fans are forgetting is how much wear and tear that Hatton has put on his body with his high living in the past 3 1/2 years out of the ring.
Hatton, a fabulously rich fighter, has been living well, eating and drinking well. Hatton packed on a lot of weight and has recently taken the weight off with exercise and diet. However, even though he’s taken the weight off and is ready to get back in ring, he’s probably not going to be able to take his body back to it’s former state. It’s a one-way trip, and Hatton isn’t the 30-year-old that he was when he stopped fighting close to four years ago.
And even then, Hatton had taken a lot of punishment in his fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Juan Lazcano, Manny Pacquiao, Kostya Tszyu, Juan Urango, and Vince Phillips. Hatton took a lot of head shots in those fights, and suspect he’s not going to be the same fighter he once was when he steps inside the ring on November 24th.
We don’t know whether Hatton’s knockout loss to Pacquiao shook something lose that Senchenko can take advantage of in this fight. I’m not impressed at all with Senchenko, and never was to begin with. I never saw him as a 1st tier fighter or even close to being a 1st tier guy. To me, he’s close to being a 3rd tier guy. However, Senchenko has been fighting consistently, and he’s got a big height and reach advantage over Hatton. He’s not taken time off from boxing, and not let his weight get out of control like Hatton. I think Senchenko might be able to knock Hatton cold if he focuses on throwing head shots from round one. He’s got to go for the head because that’s where Hatton will likely be still vulnerable.