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Frank Warren Urges Ricky Hatton To Avoid a Comeback

Frank Warren has urged Ricky Hatton to abandon his ill-advised comeback plans, fearing the inevitable decline of his skills will render his return an anti-climax.

Hatton has called a press conference in Manchester for tomorrow morning when he is to announce his three-year retirement from the sport is over.

The 33-year-old's last outing was a savage second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 and he has since overcome drug and alcohol problems.

But Warren, who split from Hatton in 2005 after guiding him to the IBF world light-welterweight title, doubts the 33-year-old has anything left to offer.

"I'd prefer Ricky not to box. He's not going to get any better at the age of 33, but it's his decision," the promoter said.

"He's returned to the gym and that has given him focus and direction, but I'd rather he stay there training and not fight.

"I hope he's still got it, but it won't be there...it just doesn't happen like that.

"He's had a lot of problems outside the ring for a long, long time and it just won't happen.

"I believe he's had a good career and he should reflect on that.

"No-one should be encouraging him to return and I just hope it doesn't wind up being a big disappointment for him."

Only Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather mastered Hatton during a magnificent 47-fight career that peaked with his points win over Kostya Tszyu in 2005.

While there is no shame in losing to his generation's finest two boxers, Hatton's longevity was threatened by an indisciplined lifestyle that saw him balloon in weight between fights.

Retirement ushered in the darkest period of his life and the Mancunian reached his lowest ebb in 2010 when he checked into rehab to be treated for depression.

"The writing was on the wall from his last fight that he should retire. Then he had his personal problems," Warren said.

"But the one thing he's done that we should give him credit for is clean up his act.

"When it came to fighting Mayweather and Pacquiao, it was a step too far for him, but then it is for virtually all fighters.

"For me, after beating Kostya Tszyu he never looked the same again.

"He never capitalised on that win and allowed his lifestyle to ruin his boxing career. You can't get that back."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Akucapri on 09-14-2012

If Hatton wins his next few fights, it'll be Bradley v Hatton, guarenteed. A few fight wins to hype him up and get the crowd roaring, and Bradley ain't saying no to a mega payday with what the brits bring…

Comment by P4P_No1 on 09-14-2012

[QUOTE=Earl Hickey;12507812]Let's be honest Frank. If Rick needed you to promote him you'd be drooling over it[/QUOTE] You're probably right here but it doesn't stop him from being right (Jesus, can't believe I just agreed with Frank Warren). [QUOTE=edgarg;12508996]I believe…

Comment by DonCarlos83 on 09-14-2012

I think he will fight a bum in November and a bum in maybe March/April then he will look for a last big fight at the end of next year against either Malignaggi or Khan. Sky Sports will try and…

Comment by Tyrone WBCfan on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=edgarg;12508996]I believe that Warren is quite right. A Hatton-style fighter doesn't get better with age, but goes in the reverse direction.[/QUOTE] But he won't be fighting at that level again At MOST it will be khan or malignaggi That is…

Comment by Tyrone WBCfan on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=shade darkar;12508219]doubt it, sky doesnt do ppv for boxing anymore. if its going to be a ppv it will be primetime, otherwise id imagine it will be sky sports. also, who is going to be his trainer? cant see the…

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