Advertisement
Advertisement

Hatton Says Convincing Girlfriend About Return Was Hard

Ricky Hatton admits girlfriend Jennifer Dooley took a lot of convincing that his return to the boxing ring was a good idea.

The 34-year-old former two-weight world champion will contest his first fight in three and a half years at Manchester Arena on Saturday night when he takes on Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko in a sell-out welterweight bout.

Hatton's personal troubles since his brutal 2009 defeat by Manny Pacquiao have been well documented as battles with spiralling weight, drink, drugs and depression left him suicidal.

He began to turn things around six months ago before contemplating a return to the ring, something Dooley worried would put his recovery at risk.

Hatton said: "Jennifer was the hardest one to convince. People have said, 'Did boxing save your life, Ricky?' But I'd got myself together mentally before I even mentioned a comeback.

"I started losing all the weight and looking after myself. Everybody was saying, 'What's he up to fatty there, he's lost all this weight, he must be making a comeback', but the thought at the time hadn't even crossed my mind.

"I said to Jen the first day, 'I'm thinking of giving it another go', and Jennifer went, 'Oh Rick, what are you doing, you're all right now, why do you want to put it in jeopardy again'?

"When I explained it to her I said: 'You've seen more than most what I've been through, how bad it was, you coming downstairs in the morning and I'm having a nervous breakdown with a knife to my wrist. You know why I have to come back. It's hurt me that I've let myself down.'

"I've got to do this for the sake of my life, not for my career, for my life. I know there's going to be a few critics out there. But just give me the chance."

Senchenko decided not to show up for the head-to-head press conference, but if he had been there he would have heard Hatton describe himself as at his "meanest and most ferocious".

He added: "Seven years ago I beat Kostya Tszyu at the Manchester Arena and I was at my hungriest because I had a dream of becoming world champion but the desire I have for this fight is way beyond becoming a world champion.

"All those world titles mean nothing to me. I'm here to right the wrongs I've done. I've let a lot of people down.

"I know you won't believe me, after burning the candle at both ends, the second-round defeat against Manny Pacquiao, no way can he come back the same. Well I won't come back the same, I'm going to come back better."

Tags: Ricky Hatton image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 11-25-2012

Hatton better should have listened to his girlfriend.

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 11-24-2012

Come on Hatton!!! Talking of his girlfriend, I wonder if his Mum and Dad will be there tonight with the family issues he has had?

Comment by NoLove on 11-24-2012

He should have slapped her for having no confidence in him.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner Sugar Ray Leonard: I Told Mayweather I Would Have Beat Him Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov, John Molina Training For War Nate Diaz: I'd Whoop Mayweather, McGregor Asses in One Night! Margarito Says Ramon Alvarez Likely, Wants Canelo Next Roach: Pacquiao Can Return For Canelo, But Floyd is Bigger Draw Hassan N'Dam vs. Swierzbinski, Amar-Demchenko Will Go Ahead Agit Kabayel Helping Tyson Fury Prepare For Klitschko Rematch Casimero is Ready, Wants Roman Gonzalez Unification Next Fortune To McGregor: Forget Mayweather, Shut Up F***ing Yapper! Povetkin's Promoter Embraces WBC Ruling on Deontay Wilder Mike Tyson: Foolish Plan, But Olympic Amateurs Might Beat Pros Anthony Cacace, Barry McGuigan Decide To Part Ways Hearn Urges Haye To Face Whyte To Speed Up Road To Joshua Deontay Wilder Granted Permission To Make Voluntary By WBC Zolani Tete: Haskins and McDonnell are Holding My Titles Kathy Duva To Be Honored At 7th Annual Raging Babe Brunch Jurors Set For All-Star Boxing vs. Canelo/Golden Boy Lawsuit Jazza Dickens (Injury) Pulled From June 4 Liverpool Show Miguel Flores To Face Ruben Tamayo on PBC on FS1 Erislandy Lara Sees No Network Issues in Making Golovkin Fight Casimero Knocks Out Ruenroeng In Four, Wins Flyweight Crown Focal Point: Lebedev Rises To Top Of Red-Hot Cruiserweight Division Keith Thurman: We Don't Yet Know If Kell Brook is 'Really Special' Provodnikov: Golovkin Blows Out Canelo, GGG-Ward is The Fight Michael Buffer on The UK Scene and Tony Bellew Friendship Morrison, Johnson To Return On June 18 In Manchester Parker Eyes War With Joshua, Brushes Off Whyte's Trash Talk Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag Groves Feels Murray Never Recovered From Pounding By Golovkin Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Details Strategy, Camp For Molina Teddy Atlas: I Don't Think There is Any Interest in May-Pac Rematch Whyte Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch: I Want To Whup His Ass! Video: Joel Diaz on Recent Defeats of Victor Ortiz, Tim Bradley Custio Clayton Continues His Streak With Knockout Win Video: Justin Fortune on Khan, Golovkin, McGregor, Canelo, More Miguel Vazquez: I Will Ask Al Haymon To Get Me Adrien Broner Jermell Charlo Tells WBC That He Wants Canelo Alvarez Clash Video: John Molina Talks, Ruslan Provodnikov Crashes Interview Golovkin's Promoter: Canelo Talks Not Dead, Still Our Priority!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement