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."
Pretty classy thing for Khan to say.Comment by sam420 on 07-09-2011
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