Ricky Hatton Comeback Official, Boxer Will Return November 24 in Manchester

Michael Walters@mwalters202Correspondent IISeptember 14, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SETEMBER 14:  Boxer Ricky Hatton speaks during a press conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on September 14, 2012 in Manchester, England. Hatton today confirmed that he is to resume boxing after being in retirement for three years. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton officially announced his comeback today at a press conference in his native Manchester. It had been speculated that Hatton would be making his return to the ring for some time now, so today’s announcement was more of a formality. 

Hatton has not named an opponent at this time, but he has set a date and seems confident he will win. 

“The only way to convince everyone I'm back is by flattening someone on 24 November,” Hatton said at a press conference today, according to The Guardian

This will be Hatton’s first fight back after a hiatus of more than three and a half years, following his devastating second-round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao. 

During his time away from the ring, Hatton has had his fair share of problems. There have been well-documented issues with cocaine, alcohol and bouts of depression. 

Hatton has been said to be targeting an eventual rematch with WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, over whom Hatton already holds a 11-round TKO win. 

Malignaggi apparently welcomes a rematch with Hatton. He will first need to get a win over Pablo Cesar Cano on October 20 before a rematch with Hatton can be set up for 2013. 

I would expect Hatton to take an easy fight on November 24, against a severely overmatched opponent.  Then he will most likely follow the fight up with a match in the first quarter of 2013 against slightly better competition. 

Look for a Hatton-versus-Malignaggi rematch to take place sometime in the spring in either England or New York.