Ricky Hatton is Ready To Make Peace With Frank Warren
By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
RICKY HATTON is ready to make peace with Frank Warren.
The pair have hardly spoken since Hatton walked from Warren’s stable shortly after becoming world light-welterweight champion six years ago.
But Boxing Clever can reveal that the pair are now trying to make a sensational battle between WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Anthony Crolla.
Hatton promotes Mancunian Crolla, while Warren has made Coatbridge’s Burns one of British boxing’s great success stories.
Although contracts are yet to be signed, there is real hope that the Scotland v England clash will be staged at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on March 10.
Hatton said: “Promoters should try and work together in order to give British boxing fans the fights I’m sure they would love to see.
“Although we have had our differences in the past, the respect I have for Frank has never been in question.”
Ironically Crolla, 25, was once promoted by Warren, but his career has taken off this year after he won the British title and he is considered by many to be our most improved boxer.
Burns, 28, beat Michael Katsidis for his interim belt last month after making three defences of his WBO world super-featherweight title.
Hatton said: “The main forces in the domestic lightweight scene are Ricky Burns and Anthony Crolla.
“In 2012 I believe that Anthony will beat all-comers and he will prove himself to be Britain’s No.1 lightweight.”
Crolla won a Lonsdale belt by knocking out John Watson and last month made a successful defence against Burns’ close pal Willie Limond.
“He is growing into the weight, maturing and the performance against Limond was one of the most dominant by a British champ this year,” added Hatton.
Baby-faced Crolla once auditioned for the X-Factor, singing a Backstreet Boys song, but lasted only a minute before being KO’d by Simon Cowell.
He has won 23 of his 25 contests and is on a 10-fight winning streak since joining trainer Joe Gallagher.
He said: “If they offered me a fight against Ricky Burns I’d take it because it is a world title fight against someone I admire.
“Ricky had defeats against Alex Arthur and Carl Johanneson, and then moved on to a world title.
“It showed me that hard work, self-belief and living the life pays off.
“If Ricky can do it, then so can I. And I am willing to go to Scotland for that chance.”