Ray Hatton: "Hatton vs. Rees Won't Happen"

By Mark Vester

As we reported several days ago, the Daily Mail revealed negotiations were taking place for a possible bout between the comebacking Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31KOs) and WBA junior welterweight champion Gavin Rees (27-0, 13KOs) of Wales. Hatton's return is slated for May 24 in Manchester.

Ray Hatton, manager and father of Ricky, told BBC Sport his son will not be fighting Rees because of a breakdown in negotiations. No further details were revealed, but Rees is backed by Hatton's former promoter, Frank Warren, and most felt the negotiations process for the fight would be difficult.

"The prospect of a fight with Rees was put to us but the terms were not right and it won't be taking place," said Ray Hatton. "We have a long list of would-be opponents and a long list of venues. Ricky has said his next fight will be in Britain as a thank you to his fans who have been travelling across the Atlantic."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SkillspayBills on 01-15-2008

Rees would have been the perfect comeback opponent for Hatton. He would get the KO in front of a packed home crowd and win a title in the process.

Comment by BrendanWoodside on 01-15-2008

17 of them, 16,000 ricky hatton fans goin nuts.. would be a sick night out i know that much

Comment by HappyBoxingFan on 01-15-2008

[QUOTE=BrendanWoodside;3045845]I think ricky does a tune up fight against some tomato can in manchester.. than i would love to see him fight paulie m at the garden[/QUOTE] Can you imagine the boys from bensonhurst at that one... tragic.

Comment by BrendanWoodside on 01-15-2008

I think ricky does a tune up fight against some tomato can in manchester.. than i would love to see him fight paulie m at the garden

Comment by duffgun on 01-15-2008

[QUOTE=TopDawg;3045693]I hope Haton decides to fight Malignaggi or Witter next, they both deserve a shot at Hatton.[/QUOTE] yeah lets hope, i would love to see a witter hatton fight

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