Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell Hatton about to make pro boxing debut on Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin undercard
Ricky Hatton’s son, Campbell, will follow in his father’s footsteps when he makes his professional boxing debut on Saturday.
The 19-year-old will campaign at super-featherweight and make his first appearance on the undercard of the Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin rematch.
Hatton Jr will take on Jesus Ruiz (0-10), and has been trained by his uncle, Matthew Hatton, a former world title challenger.
He will be managed by his father who left the sport as a two-weight world champion and Manchester megastar.
Ricky famously travelled to America to tussle with all-time greats Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, taking an iconic following of tens of thousands along with him.
Now he’s retired, the ‘Hitman’ understandably spends far less time in the limelight than he used to.
However, a new Hatton has emerged, one who hopes to carry the family name into the next generation.
When he signed with Eddie Hearn in December, Campbell said: “It’s a dream come true to sign with Eddie and Matchroom.
“There’s no bigger platform in the world that I could be signed to, so I’m in a great position.
“I can’t wait to get in there now, my goal is to be as busy as possible to start with, and to just keep learning and improving with each fight.
“I had always done bits in the gym with my dad and Matthew growing up, but I first started boxing properly when I was about 14.
“My grandad took me down to Northside ABC in Clayton and I loved it ever since.
“I had a handful of fights for them then moved to Roy Richardson’s Boxing Academy.
In the amateurs I won a national novice title and two north west titles.
“After winning the novices it was hard to get matched with fighters with a similar amount of fights so I ended up boxing a lot of national champions and international fighters which brought me on massively.
“I think now is the right time for me to turn over to the pro ranks because from a young age I’ve always been told I have had a very professional style and that never did me any favours as an amateur, which has always made me eager to turn over.
“Now I’ve got the experience behind me I’m in a position where I’m not just capable to do it, I can do it and impress people.
“I’m looking at starting out as a super-featherweight, but I think I’ll fill out to be a solid lightweight eventually.
“I’ve got a style that people will really take to, I’m very aggressive and have a high work rate and bang well to the body and I also like to think, box clever and pick my shots, but when the time is right I won’t shy away from a tear up.
“I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in with my dad being a former world champion and my uncle Matthew also being a world title challenger as well because their experience in the game is second to none.
“There aren’t many people who can say they have that sort of advice.
“Me and my dad get on really well. I think it’s because we are so similar, we have the same sense of humour, same interests and the same passion for boxing. It’s such a big part of both of our lives which makes us very lucky to be able to share that.”