By Jake Donovan
The Upton brothers have spent most of their boxing lives plying their trade together as a family. It only makes sense, then, that they do what they love under the same promotional roof.
Unbeaten super lightweight rookie Anthony Upton signed a promotional contract with Hatton Promotions, the British promotional company announced Friday afternoon. The 22-year old boxer joins older brother Sonny Upton among those who proudly box for former World 140 lb. champion Ricky Hatton, who also serves as the boxer’s trainer and mentor.
“I’m over the moon to have Ricky as my promoter,” Upton (3-0, 1 KO) said. “He’s my trainer and I think him promoting me as well is the best thing for my career. I’ve seen how he’s treated Sonny and (fellow prospect) Ryan Burnett and he’s always looked after them well, so I didn’t hesitate to sign.
“I’ve trained with Ricky for a while and I always thought he’d want to snap me up after he’d seen me fight. He had a talk with my dad this week and now everything’s sorted. Ricky’s a legend in boxing. He’s the best trainer I’ve had because he’s been in there and done it at the top and now I’m promoted by him as well, I think I’ll probably be with him until the end of my career.”
Upton turned pro last October, joining older brothers Sonny (2-1, 1KO) and Paul (4-0, 0KO) in the pro ranks. His three previous bouts have come on cards involving his manager Johnny Eames, who remains on board in the same role as an integral part of the team.
“Still being able to have Johnny as my manager is a good thing because I can box on his shows down in London and Ricky can get me on shows in the north,” Upton comments, with two of his three bouts to date having come on shows promoted by Eames’ TKO Events. “He’s got a lot of contacts as well so like Sonny I should be able to box in other countries.”
The relationship between Eames and Hatton carries over into Upton’s next ring appearance, which comes June 14 in London. Upton and his older brother Paul appear on the show, the third time such has been the case in the pro ranks.
The trend figures to continue, as Hatton has big plans for his latest signing and the Upton family in general.
“I’m thrilled that Anthony has joined Hatton Promotions,” Hatton said in a press statement. “He’s only been in the gym with me for a few months but you can see the potential he’s got. As well as being talented, he’s one of those down to earth lads that everyone likes.
“He’s got a lot of support in Dublin, Belfast and London and I think his fan-base is just going to grow and grow like mine did, to be honest with you. It’s still early days, but I’m confident we can get him and his brother in some very big fights in the future.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America . Twitter: @JakeNDaBox