10 December 2020 22:30
Campbell Hatton (left) says he will draw on the experience of his father Ricky Campbell Hatton, son of former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton, says he will draw on his father's experience after turning professional. The 19-year-old, who has excelled in the amateur ranks domestically, has signed for promoter Eddie Hearn and will make his debut in February 2021. "I've got a style that people will really take to," said Campbell. "I'm very aggressive, have a high work rate, bang well to the body and I also like to box clever and pick my shots." "But when the time is right I won't shy away from a tear up," added the Manchester fighter, who expects to campaign at super-featherweight. "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." Hatton's father, Ricky, held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight and last fought in 2012. He cultivated a passionate following during his years in the ring, with tens of thousands of fans following him to Las Vegas where he took on the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in marquee fights. Promoter Hearn said his new signing will face "pressure" given his family name but admitted he hopes to do something "very special" by harnessing the kind of support the city of Manchester showed Hatton's father during his career. "I think people will take him to their hearts like they did with me," said Ricky Hatton. "I'm extremely proud of Campbell turning professional.
Son of Ricky Hatton, Campbell, turns pro Campbell Hatton, son of Manchester's two-weight World Champion Ricky Hatton, has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing and will make his professional debut in February 2021. The 19-year-old Manchester City fanatic will kick off life in the paid ranks at Super-Featherweight under the guidance of his uncle Matthew, a former World Title challenger, and will be managed by his father, who transcended the sport of boxing to become one of the country's most adored sportsmen. "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'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." "I had a meeting with Campbell and Ricky and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up," said Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn. "We have a chance to do something very special in Manchester here and we will do everything we can to guide Campbell the right way. The pressure is on him but he has a great head in his shoulders and a city behind him that will support him every step of the way. "I'm extremely proud of Campbell turning professional," said British fight legend Hatton. "I've been proud of him since the day he was born. He's a fine young man and he's following in my footsteps. My mum and dad brought me up in a certain way and I'd like to think I'm doing the same thing with Campbell. "He now has a massive platform with Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports. I don't think he's going to disappoint. He's only young and he's got a way to go. I think people will love his personality, he's a chip off the old block. Fans will love his fighting style. "I think people will take him to their hearts like they did with me. He's got a great team behind him with Matchroom and Eddie, he's got me and Matthew looking after him in the gym. He's got a heart as big as his dad's. He has the talent and the ability to be a real force and success story in the game." You can follow Hatton's journey on Twitter: @CampbellHatton and Instagram: campbellhatton Mythical Matchups: Ricky Hatton vs Amir Khan - read on to find out what could have happened if 'The Hitman' and 'King Khan' had met in the ring HÖRFA are proud sponsors of British Boxing News The son of former British world champion Ricky Hatton, Campbell Hatton, has just signed a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing. At age 19, Campbell will now embark on his own professional fighting journey with him expected to make his debut in February 2021. Speaking on his signing with one of the major promoters in the sport, Hatton expresses his enthusiasm and says he hopes to take in all of these experiences to grow as a professional fighter. "It's a dream come true to sign with Eddie and Matchroom," said Hatton. "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 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." Hatton expects to start his career campaigning at the junior lightweight division but ultimately sees himself filling out to become a full fledged lightweight. Hatton expects that his aggressive style will win him many fans, but with him fighting in the shadow of his father there will surely be pressure and expectations that come along with that. How Hatton will handle those pressures going forward remains to be seen, but Campbell will be looking to carve out his own reputation in the ring.