Hatton Should Stick to Fighting Domestic Opponents
By Scott Gilfoid: I’ve figured out the perfect way that Ricky Hatton can prolong his career and prevent being knocked around by anymore of his opponents and that’s by focusing on fighting only in the UK from here on out against mainly British fighters. There’s no point in Hatton, 30, risking bodily harm in fighting world class athletes anymore, and to be honest, I don’t think he has the ability to beat too many of them unless he cherry picks the perfect opponent without any power.
Hatton needs low risk opponents and there’s no better way to get that by choosing to fight almost exclusively British light welterweights and welterweight opponents. Hatton doesn’t even really need to say much about it. He could just make an announcement in the media that he wants to fight some local fighters to please his British boxing fans.
I think Hatton would get a pass by the rest of the world, because they saw what Hatton went through in getting knocked completely out in the 2nd round by Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd of this year. Who’s going to blame Hatton if he wants to fight some British fighters in his own country after what he just went through?
Probably not too many people. Hatton’s main fans are in England, and not elsewhere around the world, so he should focus on pleasing them first. For most of them, I think they could care less if Hatton is fighting non-English opponents or English ones.
I think they’d be okay with Hatton fighting strictly UK fighters if it means that he’ll be continuing with his career. That’s their main concern I imagine. Hatton wouldn’t have to fight only British fighters. He could fight an occasional opponent from another country, just as long as they’re not too good.
We wouldn’t want Hatton to get knocked out again, would we? It would be best to choose weak punchers when selecting foreign fighters to come over and fight in Manchester stadium. Heck, maybe Hatton could get 39-year-old Kostya Tszyu to come over for a rematch with an American referee in charge of the fight. That would probably be a fight that would do really well, and keep Hatton busy.
With the pressure off from having to worry about facing top of the line fighters, Hatton could then go after light welterweights like Amir Khan and Junior Witter. Those should be easy fights for Hatton, and ones that would give him a big paycheck. Hatton wouldn’t have to be limited to light welterweights, because he could always take on British locals like Kell Brook and Michael Jennings.
While I think those two are decent fighters, I think Hatton would beat them badly if push came to shove. Those would be big sellers in England, as would a fight against the 22-year-old Khan. Hatton, of course, would have to forget about wanting to promote the fight, because as long as he insists on that happening, there won’t likely be a fight against Khan. Hatton needs to put the British public first on this one and stop thinking about his own self.
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