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Warren Reveals Why Hatton vs Witter Never Happened

By Terence Dooley

Promoter Frank Warren has revealed why the potential match-up between Ricky Hatton and Junior Witter never came to fruition. Warren appeared on Sky Sport's Ringside show, and when turning his attention to the Hatton-Witter rivalry, Warren had this to say.  "Ricky Hatton, when I was promoting him, had it written into his contract that he'd fight him (Witter) but Junior had a really bad performance on the undercard of one of Ricky's fights, Sky and Showtime were broadcasting it.  He fought a guy from Belgium and looked pretty bad in that fight.  Vic Wakeling, who was Sky's head of boxing at the time, and Showtime said that they didn't want Junior as an opponent."

Warren was presumably referring to Witter's fourth round EBU-EU title win over Jeurgen Hack; the fight took place on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's points win over former world champion 'Cool' Vince Phillips. If this performance shot a torpedo into a Hatton showdown, Junior can count himself unlucky as he had looked impressive in his previous outing, a two round demolition of Giuseppe Lauri.  Junior, however, was fighting against perception during this period of his career.  An insipid points defeat to Zab Judah for the IBF light-welterweight strap in 2000 had soured his image.  Although Witter's performance was nowhere near as negative as some have portrayed it to be, the fight lived long in the memory for all the wrong reasons and left the Bradford boxer, who later won the WBC light-welterweight title, out in the cold.

Witter, 37-3-2 (22 KOs), takes on Victor Puiu, 18-1-2 (9 early), at the Hershey Centre, Ontario on February 19 as he seeks to get his career back on track; 'The Hitter' has not fought since losing his title to Devon Alexander in August 2009; the 36-year-old needs to post an impressive result if he is to get his name back into the title mix.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iron mike tyson on 01-21-2011

It's ok saying hatton should of fought witter over this or that fighter but you got to remember is Ricky was going down the ibf route! Which would get him into a position to fight the man in the division…

Comment by apollocreed on 01-21-2011

[quote=stones!;9987500]both british bums, who gives a fu[i]c[/i]k.[/quote] ****, i wish we had good fighters in britain, like, erm..... Anthony mundine and danny green. Kangaroo bumming twat

Comment by ghost deini on 01-21-2011

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;9987442]Ben Takie and Michael Stewart were rated much higher than Witter on the world stage at the time.[/QUOTE] that automatically makes them better then? it doesn't the fans decide who the best fighters we don't need commissions or…

Comment by flat1985 on 01-21-2011

[QUOTE=Stones!;9987500]Both British bums, who gives a fu[I]c[/I]k.[/QUOTE] **** off you dirty convict

Comment by flat1985 on 01-21-2011

[QUOTE=Sparked_1985;9987488]It's not like we missed a good fight. Ricky would have looked terrible winning a UD. It would have been a sort of Calzaghe-Hopkins with Witter nowhere near as effective as Hopkins but just managing against-all-odds to be more boring,…

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