Boxing: Hatton takes first step as a promoter
Friday 25 September 2009
Ricky Hatton returns to the ring tonight as a promoter when he puts on his first televised show featuring his former sparring partner and friend Matt Macklin in a vacant European middleweight title fight in Manchester.
Hatton has still not made up his mind about his future as a fighter and he has been outspoken about the thrill he will get if and when Macklin wins the title. However, nobody in the boxing business believes being a promoter will satisfy Hatton over the next 12 months.
"Right now, it is all about getting this side of the business right," Hatton said. "I'm not thinking about what I'm going to do right now, I'm thinking about Matt and the rest of my fighters.
"I will have to make some hard, hard decisions, but certainly not right now," he added.
Macklin starts at the Velodrome in Manchester as a slight underdog against Finland's Amin Asikainen in a risky fight that he accepted knowing he would be forced to relinquish his British middleweight title. However, with 1,000 fans travelling from Macklin's home city of Birmingham for the fight, it could be close.
"Boxing should be about taking risks," Macklin said. "I had an easier fight lined up, but this fight leads to a high world ranking and that leads to a world title fight."
Hatton has been working closely with his father Ray and their lawyer Gareth Williams to put together a quality camp of fighters in an attempt to become the British version of Oscar de la Hoya's promotional company, Golden Boy. They offered Macklin enough money to withdraw from a planned British title defence against Darren Barker, which led to him being stripped of his national belt, in a move that sent a clear warning of intent to Britain's other promoters.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs West Brom: Jose Mourinho turns on ‘Dr Sergio Ramos’ in Spanish spat
Prince Harry leads the congratulations for Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, calling him 'an absolute legend' as he crossed the finish line
WWE Survivor Series 2014: What time does the event start? And full card
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Wayne Rooney or David De Gea?
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool player ratings: Dwight Gayle? Yannick Bolasie? Who stole the show at Selhurst Park?
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This fragrance store are looking for enthusias...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting and rewarding role ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: You will be joining a long-established, renown...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The key requirements of the rol...