Boxing: Hatton announces return to the ring

Ricky Hatton today confirmed he will return to the ring later this year.

The 31-year-old had been pondering his fighting future following his brutal second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last May.



But he told Hatton TV today: "I've decided to make a comeback and have another fight this year - probably round about the summertime.



"There's been no opponent that has been confirmed yet. There's been no date confirmed yet. But the point is I have made my mind up I am going to have one more fight."

He continued: "I've had a good break, a good time off, a good time to reflect and put that last fight behind me and really get over it and get my mind straight.

"I think after the (Floyd) Mayweather defeat (in December 2007)), I jumped straight into action straight away and I didn't really perform my best.



"But this time I've had a good rest, recharged the batteries and had a really good think, put that last fight really behind me and I'm happy to get back at it now."



For the moment, 'The Hitman' is not looking any further ahead than one more fight.



"I'm going to have one more fight, maybe two more fights - it all depends on the performance of the first fight. It's always hard coming back from a defeat," he said.



"It would be very foolish of me to say 'two more fights, three more fights'.



"You can see I've set the wheels in motion for retirement - I've got my promotional company now, got my health and fitness, got my clothing brand.



"I'm not going to have too many more fights. At the minute I'm definitely just going to have one more."

Hatton will head to Australia on holiday next week and plans to start getting in shape immediately on his return.

"I go on holiday next week with my girlfriend to Australia and then when I come back, even though I haven't got a date yet, I'm going to go straight into training because weight-wise I have had a little bit more to carry than I normally do," he said.



"So I'm going to go straight in training, shed the weight and then, when the date comes, do my usually 12-week training camp."



Fellow Briton Amir Khan and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez have been touted among the possible opponents.



Hatton is certainly keen to return against a big name.



"We're looking at the IBF champion Juan Urango, who I've already fought and beaten," he said.



"It's got to be a top-10 ranked pound-for-pound fighter or a world champion of some sort.



"I've boxed at such a high level and I could not have one more fight and people look at me and go 'he's just had this fight just to knock someone over and end on top'.



"I want people to say 'give Ricky his credit - he finished at the top'."

Hatton appreciates the concerns of some commentators and fans for his health but wants to test himself one more time in order to give himself a chance of finishing on a high.

"I've sat down and listened to the people that are close to me and know what I'm capable of and know what I believe I've still got in me," he said.



"It's very nice to hear people say 'you don't need to fight again, Ricky - you've proved yourself' and I suppose they are right, but as a fighter you don't want your last fight to be like that.



"I want to finish at the top and I know my last training camp could have been better so those are the reasons I'm giving it one more go."





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