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Hatton vs. Senchenko possible for Showtime in U.S

Ricky Hatton Vyacheslav SenchenkoBy Scott Gilfoid: Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1, 21 KO’s) could wind up being televised by Showtime in the United States on November 24th, according to Dan Rafael. Hatton, 33, hasn’t fought in three years and has picked out the 35-year-old Ukrainian Senchenko to make his comeback against at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, Lancashire, UK.

The fact that Senchenko has been selected by Hatton straight away without him having a tune-up bout to start with seems to suggest that Hatton isn’t too worried about Senchenko. I don’t blame him if he’s not because Senchenko has one of the most padded records I’ve ever seen before from a former world champion, and he took such a bad beating last April when he stepped it up against Paulie Malignaggi. Senchenko made Malignaggi look like Mike Tyson. I can only imagine what Hatton will do to Senchenko if he has a little left in the tank.

I’m a little surprised that Showtime could be televising Hatton’s comeback fight, because it’s not as if he’s fighting a high caliber opponent. But then again, Showtime is also televising Amir Khan’s mismatch against the short 5’6″ Carlos Molina, so I guess this is par for the course. They must be betting that Khan and Hatton will amount to something in the near future. Hatton might pick up a paper title if he fights Malignaggi, but believe me he’s not going to be beating anyone good like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Andre Berto or Thomas Dulorme.

I can’t even see Hatton beating Victor Ortiz or Josesito Lopez. Those guys would be a huge problem for Hatton. But I’d like to see Showtime keeping their standards high by not putting on weaker match-ups like Hatton-Senchenko and Khan-Molina, so that the network can focus instead on putting on quality fights.

We don’t know what we’re going to get with Hatton, because the last time he fought was in 2009 and he was knocked out in that fight against Pacquiao. Hatton hasn’t even won a fight in FOUR YEARS. It’s been four years since Hatton last won a fight, and Showtime wants to televise his first fight in his comeback. Sad, really sad.

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