Advertisement
Advertisement

Matthew Hatton Splits With Trainer Bob Shannon

By Terence Dooley

Manchester’s Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, is looking for a new trainer after splitting with Bob Shannon.  Shannon guided Hatton to the EBU and IBF International welterweight titles and was in his corner for an unsuccessful vacant WBC light-middleweight title fight with Saul Alvarez in California as well as the recent domestic showdown with Sheffield’s Kell Brook.

Shannon hooked up with “Magic” prior to his non-title fight with Mikheil Khutsishvili in February 2010 – a fifth-round TKO victory.  They followed this up with a decision win over Gianluca Branco for the EBU 147lb title, which Hatton successfully defended against Yuriy Nuzhnenko and Roberto Belge, a point’s win and third-round KO respectively, before dropping a wide decision to Alvarez in March 2011.  The 31-year-old bounced back with a win over Andrei Abramenka last August before losing over 12-rounds to Brook at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in March of this year. 

Hatton suffered a broken nose early in the Brook fight, but his canny defensive ability plus fitness helped him negotiate the championship distance while frustrating “Special K”, who had hoped to register a KO win over his rival.  

The fighter, who holds a 42-6-2 (16) record, contacted Shannon to thank him for his efforts, but admitted that he is looking for a new training team as he bids to have a final push at title glory.  Shannon phoned through to BoxingScene to wish his former charge well and reflect on their time together.

“I am feeling a mixture of pride and disappointment,” said Shannon.  “I feel proud of what I did with Matthew, but I am disappointed that he’s moved on as I wanted to take the next step with him and get back to the European title or even help him win his first British title belt.

“Matthew did me the courtesy of contacting me to break the news.  I am sad to see him leave my Fighting Fit gym, but I wish him nothing but the best because he’s a great, lovely lad who is a real warrior.  People have given Matt a bit of stick over the years, but when he was with me he picked up a major title and the only reason he lost to Alvarez and Brook is because they had a bit of an edge in natural talent.  

“Matt was fit for those fights, he had a plan and it was just unfortunate that those lads were so good, but it is a testament to his desire and pride that he took on two boys who look like they’re future superstars on the international scene.  I think that the fitness work we did held in him in good stead in those fights during tough moments.

He added: “I feel I went that extra yard at all times with Matt, he thanked me publicly for working with him on certain things such as his balance and timing and I feel he is a better fighter for his time in my gym.  It was a real pleasure to work with him – I enjoy him as a person and as a fighter because you don’t get many better than Matthew Hatton.

“Of course, I am devastated by the news, but what can you do?  I will concentrate on working hard to make sure that my other lads Denton Vassell and Matty Askin have a great year.  You know how boxing works, hopefully a few lads will walk into my gym in coming months looking to start a journey with me or find new inspiration in a career that has stalled.  

“I’m always happy to take on a lad on as long as he has sat down with his current trainer to thrash things out and both parties have decided to make the difficult decision to split.  It is a tough business, so us trainers all have to make sure we do right by each other.  I’ve advised Matt to now speak to other trainers with my support and blessings if his heart is set on a change of scene.”

Please send news and views to [email protected] or Twitter @Terryboxing
Tags: Matthew Hatton image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4P_No1 on 05-31-2012

[QUOTE=robson24;12190167]step up older brother ricky will now train matthew imo[/QUOTE] Would make sense but Matthew Hatton will be no more than a Euro/Domestic level fighter IMO.

Comment by HughJass on 05-31-2012

step up older brother ricky will now train matthew imo

Comment by yuppie on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=taansend;12187389]I can't really see where Hatton goes from here. A bout against Frankie Gavin?[/QUOTE] What?...This is the beginning for Matthew.

Comment by taansend on 05-30-2012

I can't really see where Hatton goes from here. A bout against Frankie Gavin?

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Robert Garcia Hopes Brother Mikey is Back in First Half of 2016 Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan Luis Ortiz Hopes Activity Level Doesn't Slow Down Anytime Soon Chavez Jr. Training Hard For Possible Jack Bout, Says Garcia Lebedev Will Go With Ramirez Unification First, Then Mandatory Mike Tyson Returns For Round 2 at The MGM Grand Antonio Orozco-Miguel Acosta Set For 3/25 at Fantasy Springs David Haye Tells Joshua Not To Risk His '0' Before They Fight McGuigan Believes Frampton vs. Quigg is a Crossover Fight Flanagan-Mathews: Zolani Tete To Face Jose Santos Gonzalez Sullivan Barrera: My Goal is To Knock Andre Ward Out! Blackwell-Eubank Jr. Set For March 26 At Wembley Garcia: Canelo vs. Khan is Going To Be a Pretty Close Fight Ricky Hatton Discusses Several Emotional Topics on Life, Career Loeffler: We Expect Canelo To Defend Against Golovkin Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Sauerland: Abraham Win Could Make Groves Bout Much Bigger Theophane: Mayweather Will Advise Me on How To Beat Broner Golovkin Keeps The Line Moving in Supremacy Quest at 160 Boxing Priest Makes Boxing Comeback After 20 Years Arum Spoke To HBO About Making Golovkin vs. Ramirez Jorge Linares Injury Puts Zlaticanin Title Fight In Jeopardy Omar Narvaez To Face Jesus Vargas on February 19th Roach Says Gomez, Ramirez on Board To Help Manny Pacquiao Roy Jones Jr. Rejects Retirement Talk, Return is Not Ruled Out Dmitry Kudryashov is Now Training With Joe Goossen Gonzalez, Negrete, Delgado, Gramajo on LA Fight Club, March 4 Loeffler on Working With Haymon Side To Finalize Golovkin-Wade Ward: Barrera Not Stronger, Hasn't Seen This Speed, Conditioning Cletus Seldin Returns To Action on March 5th in Long Island Browne Gets Advice From Larry Holmes For Chagaev Bout Photos: Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 3 Undercard Presser 50 Cent Erupts, Rips Apart Ungrateful "Sh*thead" Billy Dib Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson Undercard Information Golovkin-Canelo: Jerry Jones Wants Bout at AT&T Stadium Sanchez Will Have Barrera Ready For Andre Ward's Clinching Ovill McKenzie-Dmytro Kucher Purse Bid Won By Frank Warren
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement