By Terence Dooley
Ricky Hatton appeared on Sky's Ringside boxing program to discuss the latest wave of British boxing talent. Hatton spoke highly of Scott Quigg and Joe Murray, both of whom box for his promotional company. Sky's Adam Smith asked Ricky if he plans to lace up the gloves again in the wake of a recent return to the rigors of the gym, prompting an optimistic response from the former linear light-welterweight champion.
"I'm fantastic, I'm in a nice place now. I'm in the gym again and getting fit. My hands are tied a little at the minute but eventually I will apply for my (fighter's) license, and when I do, I can make a decision about my future. I'm still involved in boxing. I'm bringing the champions through and am back enjoying life again," revealed Hatton.
"I don't know," he mused when pressed on his fighting career. "You need that hunger there. I'm training at the Bob Shannon gym with my brother (Matthew Hatton) and Denton Vassell but it is different training to be fit than being in a training camp where you're dieting and up running at six. I miss it (boxing) every day and I can never find the words even to this day to turn around and say it's over."
Hatton has not fought since his 2009 defeat to Philippine tornado Manny Pacquiao, 'The Hitman' lost his IBO 140-pound title in that one as well as his status as the division's number one. Ricky, though, has had time to get the defeat out of his system and could be feeling the itch once again, especially with the likes of Quigg and Murray forging ahead under Hatton's guidance, not to mention the recent rise of Matthew, who has stated his willingness to travel abroad for a fight with rising star Saul Alvarez.
Ricky's 2005 win over Kostya Tszyu represented the high water mark of a career that saw the boy from Manchester win almost every honor in the game, only falling short when fighting pound for pounders Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao. Hatton holds a 45-2(32) record; he simultaneously held the IBF and WBA titles during his pomp.