Advertisement
Advertisement

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 Photos: Andre Berto Drills Victor Ortiz To Avenge First Defeat Photos: James DeGale Taken To His Limit By Porky Medina Ricky Burns Enjoying Low-Profile Approach Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Post Presser Highlights Part 2 Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Post Presser Highlights Part 1 Bellew-Makabu: Burton vs. Dodson For British Title Added Video: Victor Ortiz on His Boxing Future Following KO Defeat Video: Andre Berto on KO of Ortiz, Danny Garcia Shot, More Video: Ellerbe Reacts To Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fury: Klitschko Fight is My Last, I Have No Motivation To Carry On! Medina: James DeGale Said He Would Stop Me, He Ran All Night! WBC Prez Vows Investigation of Two Judges in Jack-Bute DeGale Disappointed With His Performance Against Medina Moreno Outclasses Sor Rungvisai To Set Up Yamanaka Rematch Floyd Mayweather Hints at Comeback, Reveals Talks With CBS/SHO Jack, Bute Ends in Draw - Jack Sets Up DeGale Unification Pedro Campa Extends Win Streak With Stoppage Win Over Alfaro Video: Victor Ortiz Attacked By Crazy Fan Following KO Defeat Badou Jack-Lucian Bute - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard James DeGale Digs Deep To Overcome, Decision Rogelio Medina Washington Decisions Eddie Chambers: Benavidez, Gausha Win Badou Jack-Lucian Bute - CompuBox Historical Review James DeGale-Rogelio Medina: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Andre Berto Gets Revenge, Knocks Victor Ortiz Out in Four Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina LIVE Results: Sharif Bogere Wins Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Thomas Williams Blasts Out Edwin Rodriguez in Two Rounds Edwin Rodriguez-Thomas Williams - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jorge Lara Demolishes Montiel With Brutal First Round Knockout Jorge Lara vs. Fernando Montiel - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua to Have U.S. Network Deal Announced Next Week Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II - CompuBox Historical Review Liam Walsh Retains British and Commonwealth Titles With TKO Photos: Hughie Fury's Severe Cut Above His Left Eye Hughie Fury Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Nod Over Fred Kassi Amir Khan Eyes MMA: I Fancy My Chances With Conor McGregor! Jamie Conlan Wins FOTY War To Get Title: Walsh Retains His Belt Andy Lee Sets Record Straight on Rumors of Daniel Jacobs Bout Video: Eddie Hearn Discusses Tony Bellew's Big Title Card Video: Theophane on Mayweather-Broner, Jack-DeGale, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement