Ricky Hatton: Is He Making A Mistake By Avoiding Witter?

haton44333.jpgBy Eric Schmidt: In the past month, World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs) has made it no secret that he wants to fight to fight former World Boxing Association & International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs), calling him out often in the press. However, instead of agreeing to take the fight, and shutting Witter up, Hatton, 29, has said “I don’t know whether I want to give him the best pay day of his life. When someone slags you off you don’t repay them by giving them their best pay day.”

Clearly, this is an excuse that few buy, considering that Hatton himself had called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the press before their bout, which clearly worked in this case, as it angered Mayweather, causing him to agree to the fight.

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Witter vs. Hopkins On March 22nd

World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs), tired of calling out Ricky Hatton and subsequently being ignored for his efforts, had decided to bide his time and take on the undefeated Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) on March 22nd, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins, 27, is a light-hitting inside fighter, whom has mostly fought lower echelon opposition up until now. His style it would seem clashes with that of Witter, a fast outside fighter with a style that seems like a combination of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. Of the junior welterweights, many people consider Witter, 33, to be far and away the best of the bunch with only Hatton coming remotely close to him in overall talent.

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Witter: “Hatton Has Avoided Fighting Me For Years And He’s Still Avoiding Me”

In the latest boxing news, World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs) came out with another bomb shell interview, this time to The Sunday Times, in which Witter accused former junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton of avoiding him for years, and is still avoiding him. “Hatton hates me and he can’t stand the fact that I’ll beat him, if we ever get it on in the ring. That’s why he and his handlers have never allowed the fight to take place, said Witter.”

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Witter vs. Harris

witter353353.JPGWBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter (35-1, 20 KOs) defends his title on Saturday, September 7th, against challenger Vivian Harris (28-2-1, 18 KOs) at the Doncaster Dome, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. Witter, 33, looks to be in for a real dog fight, considering the mostly soft opposition that he has fought this far in his 10-year career, consisting mostly of European fighters not in the class of Harris, 29. One of the few good opponents that Witter faces in his career, Zab Judah, knocked him out in the 12th round in June 2000, after building a commanding lead up to that point in the fight.

Following that loss, Witter fought exclusively European opponents for the next six years of his career until defeating American DeMarcus Corley last year, in September 2006, by 12-round decision. The win, however, was tarnished somewhat by the fact that Corley had been beaten three out of his last six fights leading up to his fight with Witter, and was thought by many to be over-the-hill. Whatever the case, Witter defeated him to win the vacant WBC light welterweight championship at the age of 32. How, however, Witter finds himself matched against his best opponent since his one-sided beating at the hands of Zab Judah six years ago in having to face the tough Harris.

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