'The Hitman' returns on November 24th
It’s been three long, hard years since Britain’s most popular boxer left the ring, after getting knocked out by a colossal Manny Pacquiao left hand. ‘The Hitman’ insists this is the best decision for his legacy and his peace of mind. He wants to end on a high and there are thousands of British boxing fans who will be there to see it.
‘It's more than a comeback,’ said 33-year-old Ricky at a press conference today. ‘I'm fighting to redeem myself. ‘I want British boxing to be proud of me again,’
Hatton will fight an as yet unnamed opponent at the Manchester Arena in less than two months. Hatton added, ‘The only way to convince everyone I'm back is by flattening someone on 24 November.’
After a difficult personal period in his life, Ricky was stripped of his licence to box after admitting using cocaine. A video showing Ricky snorting the drug was sold to the now disgraced News of the World newspaper.
However last Wednesday he appeared before the ‘BBBoC’ in Cardiff to ask for it back. ‘It's been well documented what's happened to me since the last time I've been in a boxing ring,’ said Hatton.
‘I've started looking after myself a bit better and getting fitter. That's how it started. I don't want to be fighting at four or six-round levels - I want to fight for world titles.
‘It's about more than money, this comeback. People say nice things about me but they don't know what's been going on in between my ears.’
Speaking about life after the Pacquiao defeat, Hatton revealed, ‘The manner of that defeat put me into some things which have been well documented... my life turned to mush,’ Hatton said.
‘I got back into promoting, which I loved, but it didn't quite fill the void. I got a huge buzz getting opportunities for my fighters and I was in the gym every day of the week passing on the knowledge, but it didn't fill the gap.’
We now wait with bated breath for his opponent to be named, but Ricky, it's good to have you back.