Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Junior Witter: Ricky Hatton in Tough, He's Scared of Me!

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

JUNIOR WITTER has warned old rival Ricky Hatton he faces a toe-to-toe battle that could see him KO’d on his ­November 24 comeback.

Bradford veteran Witter goaded Hatton for years in the hope the Manchester boxer would meet him in a showdown many fight fans were desperate to see.

But despite both holding ­versions of the world light-welterweight title at the same time, the fight ­never happened.

Witter, 38, does not think ‘The Hitman’ will ever fight him, ­despite Hatton ending over three years in ­retirement to face ­Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena next month.

Witter, who defends his ­British welterweight title against Frankie Gavin on Thursday, claims Hatton is scared to face him and has ­underestimated the danger former world welterweight champ Senchenko ­poses.

Witter, who Hatton once dubbed the ‘Mr Bean of Boxing’, said: “Ricky’s comeback is good in the respect that it has got him in shape after ­being obese.

“Boxing-wise, it’s good because it brings people back to the game. If he is to achieve anything is another story, we have to wait and see. He’s got a tough enough fight in his ­comeback and I think they’ve underestimated his opponent.

“Style-wise, it’s going to be a great fight and it’s going to be a slug-fest, so I will wait to see what happens when he gets hit again.

“Ricky never wanted it before so why is he going to want it now? He’s scared of me, he doesn’t want the fight, there’s nothing else to it.

“It’s not about money because there’s plenty of money, everybody wants to see it. It’s a massive fight right now, but no, I don’t ­expect it to happen. It’s all on him.”

Unbeaten Gavin, 27, can transform his career which looked wrecked after he pulled out on the eve of a fight a year ago.

The Birmingham boxer claims problems in his personal life are now resolved and his boxing has benefited from a move back to his home city.

He said: “I’m in a much better place now. My mum, Mary, had cancer and I had a lot of ­personal problems with my ­girlfriend.

“I let it get in the way of my boxing career.

“I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to box and pulled out of a fight but that’s all in the past. My mum’s healed and I’ve just been waiting for a title shot.

“Going back home has made me the person that I was when I was an amateur.

“I feel twice the fighter I was six months ago.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by micky1971 on 10-29-2012

shame about witter having this......bitterness because he was a very good fighter. he won every fight but one for years and that was against an excellent zab judah over 12. gave a very good account of himself in that fight…

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 10-28-2012

Junior Bitter is still fighting for money and that's it. The fight with Hatton probably would have set him up for a long time. That's why it is so hard for him to take..

Comment by iron mike tyson on 10-28-2012

Hatton was always going to be witters biggest payday and he's bitter because the only time it made sense to make it happen was when frank warren had them both and passed on it. By the time witter brought something…

Comment by Corelone on 10-28-2012

[QUOTE=daggum;12645921]a guy who got stopped by malignaggi and almost started crying is tough?[/QUOTE] Compared to Paulie, Hatton is a statue and three years off will not help. Witter is right in this case. Hatton is in deep considering the circumstances.…

Comment by Gypsy John Fury on 10-28-2012

Lolz. He avoided Witter like dental plaque.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (20)
Top Headlines Joseph Parker's Handlers View Razvan Cojanu as Dangerous Fight Kevin Johnson Vows To Break Down Kubrat Pulev, Make Him Quit Catterall Feels Walsh is Capable of Shocking Gervonta Davis Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face in Melbourne Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Already Down To 169.5-Pounds Video: Hearn on Joshua-Wilder, British Scene, Brook-Spence, Fury Horn: I Can Stop Pinching Myself - The Pacquiao Fight is Real! Vitali Klitschko: I'm More Than Sure My Brother Knocks Joshua Out! Video: Johnny Nelson Talks Joshua vs. Klitschko Anthony Joshua - Is He Really Ready For This? Video: Loeffler Discusses Golovkin's Future Path, Joshua-Klitschko Chavez Jr. Down To 169.5-Pounds With 10 Days To Canelo Fight! Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Klitschko-Joshua, Canelo-Chavez Loeffler: Golovkin Will Wait, Focus on Canelo-Chavez Winner Video: Errol Spence Discusses Kell Brook Showdown, Training Video: Tony Bellew on The Future, Possible Opponents, More Video: Vitali Klitschko Talks Wladimir vs. Anthony Joshua Bout Joshua's Coach: Our Job To Prove Klitschko is No Longer Dominant Porter-Berto Bout Drew Average of 468,000 Viewers on Showtime Giovani Santillan Will Face Juan Garcia Mendez on May 19, Ontario Roach: Golovkin Exposed a Bit in Last Fight, Cotto Can Beat Him Joshua Can Be a Nasty Motherf***er in The Ring, Says Mentor Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko Open Workouts Emmanuel Folly, Unbeaten Prospect, Arrested on Child Porn Charges Joshua: Klitschko's Chin Can't Be Bad; He Reigned for 10 Years Heather Hardy, Charles Conwell Return on May 18, Broadway Boxing Zolani Tete is Now Elevated To FULL WBO Bantamweight Champion Klitschko Brothers vs. British Fighters - A Review and Analysis Frank Bruno: Joshua Could Potentially KO Klitschko "Very Early" Helenius Pounds 'Chisora' Heavy Bag in Camp, Vows Repeat Win Arum: American Fans, Writers Are Warming Up To Pacquiao-Horn Saunders: Tyson Fury Training With Us, Getting in Good Shape Joshua Doesn’t Think He’ll Make More Money Than Mayweather Matthysse's Promoters Don't Know What to Expect in Comeback Bout Rozier: Khurtsidze Will Pressure, Beat Down Billy Joe Saunders! Wilder: Klitschko Needed to be Humbled; Losing Inspired Him Errol Spence Planning Early Arrival to England for Brook Bout Joseph Parker Discusses Hughie Fury's Withdrawal, Facing Cojanu Arum on Pacquiao vs. Horn: It's The Young Lion vs. Old Lion Lewis Crocker Handed Return, June 17 In Belfast
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement