By Joe Delaney, courtesy of The Daily Star
RICKY HATTON has resisted the urge to be in brother Matthew's corner for the biggest fight of his life.
The younger Hatton challenges Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez for the vacant WBC light-middle-weight crown in Anaheim, California tonight.
Ricky admitted being a nervous wreck and could not be responsible for his actions if Matthew, 29 was getting a raw deal.
Matthew got disqualified when he fought Alan Bosworth in 2006.
Ricky saw red at the decision and was ordered before the British Boxing Board of Control to explain his temper tantrum.
“Matthew got disqualified and I kicked off like there was no tomorrow,” he recalled.
“I lobbed a stool, then I kicked the bucket and water went all over the place. Me and Matthew ended up going in front of the Board, which isn’t very nice.
“They gave us a telling off and then they said, ‘can you send in your manager’, and I said I am his manager. When it’s your brother it gets very heated.
“When you are outside the ring, you can see when Matthew is making mistakes and you’re thinking ‘you should be doing this, or you should be doing this’. But you can’t help.
“When you are in the ring, it’s easier. There is only you to rely on.
When you are outside and he starts making mistakes, you’re hands are tied and it’s frustrating.” If the Mancunian did pull off a remarkable victory he and Ricky would become fi rst British brothers to win world titles.
Former light-welterweight and welterweight champion Ricky said:
“If Matthew wins this title, it will be equally as important as the night I beat Kostya Tszyu.
“I’ve drank enough Guinness in my time, so perhaps it will be nice to get in the Guinness Book of Records.”
There is only a few Britons ex-pected in California to roar on Matthew while there will be around 15,000 Mexicans baying for his blood at the Honda Centre.
Alvarez, 20, is being hyped into something special by promoters Golden Boy and the Hatton family know they have been brought in to make up the numbers.
Alvarez is said to get 60 million viewers watching his fi ghts on TV in Mexico and is a national idol.
Alvarez has branded the English-man a “no-hoper” but Hatton is full of confidence and relaxed.
“My plan is to box but if I think I am the stronger man I will push him back,” he said.
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