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Ricky Hatton Two-Fight Comeback Rumors Building Strong

By Duncan Wright, courtesy of The Daily Star

According to strong sources, Ricky Hatton is continuing to train for a boxing comeback – and he will make his return to the ring in November. Sources indicate Hatton will reportedly announce a two-fight comeback in the immediate future.

The Manchester ace has not fought since being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and has always insisted he had retired for good.

But the 33-year-old former two-weight world champion has been back in the gym, and sources say he is in his best shape since he was fighting.

Hatton's preference is to face his old rival Paulie Malignaggi in late November. However, Malignaggi is already scheduled for a fight on October 20th against Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York - and that makes it very unlikely that a rematch would happen that quickly.

Malignaggi is desperate to avenge his defeat to Hatton back in 2008 when he felt he didn’t do himself justice in a light welterweight clash in Las Vegas in 2008.

The New Yorker is now WBA welterweight champion and would be willing to put that belt on the line because he feels he has unfinished business with Hatton.

Since retiring, Hatton was blighted by a cocaine addiction but has cleaned up his act and is gradually gaining a good reputation as a trainer and promoter.

But he has already lost 34lbs since returning to training and Starsport understands he has rediscovered his buzz for the fight game again.

Besides a plan to announce a two-fight return, he is keen to secure a new television deal to help his Hatton Promotions company promote the fight.

If he comes through well against Malignaggi, Hatton is still thought to harbor ambitions of a return with Pacquiao, who beat him inside two rounds three years ago.

Hatton has always felt problems in his training camp meant he didn’t give a proper account of himself in that fight.

And even at this stage a rematch would attract huge interest both in the States and the UK.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ma51f on 08-22-2012

hatton v malignaggi and the khan.

Comment by Jrg124 on 08-22-2012

I say spadafora vs Hatton the winner gets title shot, they've both been out of the ring for awhile spadafora a little longer, there both on a comeback what better fight is out there. This would make a great ppv…

Comment by horaceharter on 08-22-2012

Wee elf Hatton Knocked Out would be great. Khan Knocking out Englands pride better. Paulie bating the drunk hatton great. Hatton is a fat munchkin elf.

Comment by Fishkie on 08-22-2012

Jeeze there are some right plonkas on this forum!! I for one will be chomping at the bit to go see Ricky fight again.. It is the best fight atmosphere you can get and the dude is a warrior.! Come…

Comment by Bastolio+ on 08-22-2012

[QUOTE=horaceharter;12444425]Just seeing the wee Hatton stretched out fully all 5'4" of elf mid ring snoozing away out cold-priceless. Please let it happen.[/QUOTE] has hatton been dissing you with 'yo momma' jokes or something? why you h8ing?

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