Advertisement
Advertisement

Amir Khan: Hatton a Legend, I'm Trying To Fill His Shoes

Amir Khan joined the tributes paid to former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton after the popular Manchester fighter confirmed his retirement from boxing.

Khan defends his WBA light-welterweight crown against 33-year-old New Yorker Zab Judah on July 23 in Las Vegas, the scene of some memorable nights for Hatton and his fervent travelling support.

After beating Kostya Tszyu and Carlos Maussa to unify the IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles in 2005, Hatton began his Stateside adventure with a gruelling points win over Luis Collazo to become a welterweight champion.

Vegas victories over Juan Urango, Jose Luis Castillo and Paul Malignaggi followed, although he would fall short in attempts to unseat pound-for-pound kings Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

"He came to America and I'm here now trying to fill his boots," Khan, who trains alongside Pacquiao at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym, told Press Association Sport. "Hopefully I can achieve what he achieved or even more.

"It's great to have someone like him to look up to because he's a great champion.

"He'll never be forgotten. He was very exciting to watch."

Hatton will remain involved in the sport at the head of his burgeoning promotional business.

In April, Hatton Promotions hosted Khan's fourth successful championship defence against Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey at the Manchester Evening News Arena, and the former Olympic silver medallist would be delighted to collaborate again in the future.

"One thing about Ricky is he's always very supportive," he added. "He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.

"We did a joint promotion when I fought Paul McCloskey and hopefully we can continue that relationship."

Tags: Amir Khan image   Ricky Hatton image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Heeb on 07-09-2011

Pretty classy thing for Khan to say.

Comment by sam420 on 07-09-2011

[QUOTE=Hard Boiled;10805822] I might be mistaken but the person in your profile looks like Hamid Gul, The former head of the Inter services intelligence agency, Basically Pakistan's spy agency thats involved in espionage, sabotage, target killings and propaganda. [B]Hamid Gul…

Comment by Hard Boiled on 07-08-2011

[QUOTE=uglypug;10805801]see the guy in my profile pic? he was a former general in the pakistani army and that dude is tough as nails. he has been captured and tortured so many times by INDIAN forces; by terrorist from afghanistan who…

Comment by UglyPug on 07-08-2011

see the guy in my profile pic? he was a former general in the pakistani army and that dude is tough as nails. he has been captured and tortured so many times by INDIAN forces; by terrorist from afghanistan who…

Comment by UglyPug on 07-08-2011

[QUOTE=Hard Boiled;10805751]Lets try and keep this boxing, But I know first hand about the deep seated xenophobia and racism in that country. Pakistan massacred 3 million Bengalis in just 9 months, The kill ratio of Pakistan against Bengaladeshi people was…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Photos: Canelo, Khan Grand Arrival Frenzy at MGM Grand Video: Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals at MGM Grand, Las Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo-Khan Easily Beats Pac-Bradley 3 PPV Numbers Wilder vs. Povetkin Undercard Coming Together: Bivol, Ochigava Roach: I Want Tapia To Be Smart, Box Lemieux All Fight Khan: Mayweather is Bitter, Everyone Talking About Me, Canelo Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina: Ratings For Showtime Double Amir Khan expects Canelo to weigh 175 on fight night Sadam Ali Return Likely For Vargas-Salido Bill Korobov vs. Vera Clash Set For Alvarado-Torres Card Khan: I Think Fury, Haye Beat Joshua at The Moment Stephen Smith Added To Bellew-Makabu Undercard Stevens breaks down Canelo-Khan and the Caneloweight Hunter: If I Had Khan at 9, We Wouldn't Be Talking Mayweather Video: Chisora vs. Pulev Heated Confrontation at Presser Video: Amir Khan on Floyd Mayweather's Comeback, Canelo Photos: Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu Press Conference Photos: Chisora, Pulev Erupts With Near Brawl at Presser IBF Formally Orders Wake vs. Guzman 122-Pound Title Fight Barroso's Promoter: I'm Supremely Confident Crolla Will Be KO'd DeGale Wants Jack Fight in U.K., But Open to Las Vegas Shannon Briggs To Face Dimitrenko On 'Haye Day' Bill Shawn Porter: 'Wouldn’t Be Surprised' If Khan Upsets Canelo Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II: Post-Fight Report Card John Fury: Tyson Knocks Wladimir Klitschko Out By Round 10 Canelo vs. Khan - British Trade People Predict The Fight George Foreman Warns: If Canelo Overconfident, Khan Can Win Trainer: Tyson Fury Will NOT Retire, Likely Targets Joshua Next Khan Would Reject Mayweather: I'll Mess With Him Like He Did Me Sanchez: I'm Confident Golovkin KO's 'Diva' Canelo in 8 or 9 Luis Ortiz Back on Track After Greg Cohen Withdraws Lawsuit Flint-born Dirrell Brothers Fighting Through Anger, Frustration Bob Arum: It's Obvious Floyd Mayweather is Coming Back De La Hoya: Golovkin Didn't Want Lara - And Canelo Beat Him! Gilberto Ramirez-Dominik Britsch on Crawford-Postol HBO PPV De La Hoya: I Thought Pacquiao Would Be Easy, Canelo in Tough! Gassiev Warns Povetkin: Wilder Punches Harder Than Klitschko Verdejo Not Worried About Critics, Intends To Fulfill Expectations Freddie Roach Says Frankie Gomez in 'Best Shape' For Herrera Amir Khan Stands To Pocket 13 Million in Canelo Showdown
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement