By Phil D. Jay
The 24th of November promises to be a huge date in the boxing life of Ricky Hatton as the four-time world champion readies himself for what could turn out to be the most important fight of his colourful career to date.
The newly-turned 34 year-old fights Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena as the ‘Hitman’ gauges what may be left in the tank following a knockout defeat to Manny Pacquiao and three years away from the ring.
With just two defeats on an impressive 47-fight record, Hatton hopes a victory over the one-time WBA title holder can propel him on to another challenge for a world belt and possibly even further to avenge his losses to Pacquiao and current world's best Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I have only been beaten by the two best boxers of our generation, so ultimately it would be good to have redemption by fighting one of them again and winning,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I want to get back up there at the top of my game, so I suppose that would be the ultimate goal for me to get back at the very top.”
Hatton has consistently stated in the build-up to his comeback fight that he cannot look past Senchenko and he has to once again prove that he belongs in the same sentences as the world’s best fighters.
An impressive victory over the Ukrainian next month, could firstly bring a massive domestic battle against Amir Khan or Kell Brook in the summer of 2013 to the table before a redemption attempt, although Hatton is cautious about getting too far ahead of himself.
“Amir is a good friend of mine and I would definitely be interested in fighting him down the line,” he explained.
“Everybody thought I would box Amir or Kell Brook in my comeback and those fights do interest me but not now, down the line.
“It would make sense to fight Amir if he is a world champion and I am sure we can put our friendship aside for one night and I think Kell is world class. He is another I would consider fighting alongside Amir as they are the best in the UK, so those fights appeal to me,” added Hatton.
The British legend was recently spotted ringside at the latest Prizefighter tournament in Liverpool looking in tremendous shape. If he could get back to even 90% of what he possessed between 2005 and 2009, Hatton could yet make a dent at world level once again and who knows how far he could go with his renewed hunger?
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net