By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
RICKY Hatton will hang up his gloves for good if he fails in his comeback fight in front of his adoring fans tomorrow night.
Hatton ends a ring exile of more than three years, when he meets Vyacheslav Senchenko, 35, in a welterweight contest at the Manchester Arena.
And the 34-year-old says that defeat will sound the final bell on his career, insisting: “I will quit if I lose.”
Hatton returns from retirement for the clash in front of a sell-out 20,000 crowd but says that only victory will give him the impetus to carry on.
He said: “I want another world title – but if I lose I know I can get up on Sunday morning and say I gave it my best shot.
“I can tell myself that I haven’t got it any more in the ring and that I should go and be the best promoter and trainer I can be.
“But thoughts of defeat are the furthest thing from my mind. I feel confident and relaxed.”
Hatton is making his comeback following a battle to overcome suicidal tendencies, after his life out of the ring hit a downward spiral.
He said: “I have suffered from depression but right now I feel so much more relaxed and comfortable, with a spring in my step.”
Hatton’s life went out of control following his horror KO at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
That defeat, and a reversal against Floyd Mayweather Jr, have been the only two losses in Hatton’s career.
THE Hatton-Senchenko fight will be screened live tomorrow night on Primetime (ch498 on Sky).
Details on primetimeboxing.co.uk