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

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Ricky Hatton Comeback Official, Boxer Will Return November 24 in Manchester
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Ricky “The HitmanHatton 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.

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