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Hatton: Haye Should Take 2 U.S. Fights, Then Klitschko

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

RICKY HATTON has told ­humbled heavyweight David Haye he can win a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko – ­ if he launches a US comeback.

Britain’s most popular fighter of the modern era finally announced his long-awaited ­retirement last week.

It came more than two years after his last fight, a two-round knock-out ­defeat to ­boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny ­Pacquiao in May 2009.

Hatton, 32, was a hit inside and ­outside the ropes, attracting more than 25,000 fans to watch him against ­Pacquiao and American Floyd ­Mayweather in Las Vegas.

The Hitman suffered just two defeats as he won world titles at light-welterweight and welterweight, ­recovering from a ­knockout loss to ­unbeaten Mayweather to fight Pacquiao.

And Hatton ­insists Haye can also ­become world champion again.

Londoner Haye, 30, has been slammed for his tame ­effort in a landslide points defeat to ­Germany-based “Dr ­Steelhammer” Klitschko last weekend.

Haye – like Hatton a world champion at two weights – blamed a broken little toe on his right foot. It is still unclear if he will ever fight again after ­insisting he would hang up his gloves in October.

But Hatton has advised Haye to hit the comeback trail leading him to ­Vegas, the world capital of boxing. There he can win over ­American fans and then target ­Klitschko after two fights.

He said: “I don’t think he should ­retire, no. He has lost to the best ­heavyweight in the division and there’s no shame in that.

“I’m sure he would have liked to have done better but some nights it doesn’t quite happen and there’s so much more he can offer.

“He’s the most exciting heavyweight in the world and still has plenty to ­offer but everyone’s different. He will know his own mind and what he should do next.

“He would be up against it in a ­rematch, there’s no doubt about that – but he certainly has the ability and the punching power to win it.

“I would say, ‘Go to America, go to Vegas and see your name up in lights. Get a good opponent, the right opponent and shine against him’.

“Then maybe have a homecoming and then, if he has two fights and bounces back in style, there’s no reason why he can’t fight Vitali or Wladimir again.

“He should be very proud of what he has done for British ­boxing. He’s unified the cruiserweight ­ division and challenged the best ­heavyweight in the world.

“I would like to see his name up in lights in Vegas now, so I think he has plenty to do.”

Hatton has sympathy for Haye’s SDHpexcuse of a broken little toe.

He added: “David said his toe was broken and he couldn’t push off. From a boxing point of view, I understand that to a degree.

“I still think maybe he shouldn’t have mentioned it, he was giving it the big ‘I am’ before and seemed like he did as well after. I don’t think that did him any favours.”

Hatton, who is now a promoter, has also revealed his plans to ­begin training boxers from September.

He said: “My biggest ­ambition is to train a world champion – I’ve not ­applied for my licence yet but come September I can – and promote world title fights, or bring a world champion through ­promoting-wise.

“I want a small stable so I can concentrate my time better – five or six.

“We’ll play it by ear and see who knocks on my door when I start ­training.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fastblack on 07-11-2011

how can hatton a drug addict and alcoholic give advice to anyone? hatton is a disgrace and should be locked away in rehab. great sight though the wee white little elf sleeping in the middle of the ring out cold.

Comment by larryusa on 07-10-2011

[QUOTE=La_Vibora;10820887]I agree with Hatton, imo he should hire Freddie Roach, then get a fight or two under his belt with, then do the rematch, and then retire after that.[/QUOTE] why freddie roach

Comment by La_Vibora on 07-10-2011

I agree with Hatton, imo he should hire Freddie Roach, then get a fight or two under his belt with, then do the rematch, and then retire after that.

Comment by leemoorcroft on 07-10-2011

ye a fool if you dont think david haye is a knock out king the guy would demolish anyone same size weight in the world haye did great at cruiserweight and should of stayed there become the best ever cruiserweight…

Comment by edgarg on 07-10-2011

Haye's reason for retiring by age 31 was ALWAYS given as a decision that he aand Booth made when they began together years ago. He has been ADAMANT in sticking to that date, ignoring ALL inducements. He has stated consistently…

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