Hatton Vows To Keep Emotions in Check During Fight

Ricky Hatton is determined not to let his emotions get the better of him when he returns to the boxing ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old's personal troubles since his last fight three and a half years ago have been well documented as battles with spiralling weight, drink, drugs and depression left him suicidal.

But over the last five months he has got himself back in shape, dropping from 15 stone down to welterweight, and a sell-out crowd will hope to see the victorious return of a local hero at Manchester Arena.

Hatton's last contest in May 2009 brought a brutal knockout against Manny Pacquiao, the second defeat of his career following a 2007 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But Hatton is adamant he has learned from the mistakes he made in both those contests and insists he will maintain a controlled approach against former world champion Senchenko.

Hatton said: "I've spent so much time sulking about the Mayweather defeat and the Pacquiao defeat. They were my two biggest fights and I messed up.

"I was too aggressive, too over eager. If I make that mistake all over again then I'm not the fighter I think I am.

"It will be a very emotional night for me. The ring walk, if you talk to most fighters, it's where you get your nerves together, you start thinking about your family and your kids, what you've gone through to get to this point.

"I've got a few more things to think about this time - how I let everyone down, how I disgraced myself. I'm here to redeem myself. I've got to keep all that tension inside me and control it.

"Life has kicked my arse. I've got so much tension and anger inside me that I want to throw at Senchenko but I can't throw it at him like I did against Manny Pacquaio. It's got to be to the game plan and in a positive manner.

"If I'm the champion I believe I am, it won't be a problem holding it all together. Although they might need a mop and bucket when I'm leaving the ring."

The venue is significant for Hatton and his fans for it was also the scene of the 2005 victory over Kostya Tszyu that elevated him into the top echelons of world boxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chubano on 11-24-2012

Hatton is not more than a tomato can, a "B" class idiot.

Comment by Deathknight88 on 11-24-2012

Hatton by Ko

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