Former light-welter and welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton is reportedly ready to add another big name to an already stacked 147lb division and will certainly be in the hunt for big challenges upon his return to the ring.
Hatton, 33, is expected to announce his long-awaited return to activity imminently. It follows a three-year absence.
The ‘Hitman’ has already been linked to fights with WBA champion Paulie Malignaggi and former pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.
There are also plenty of options for Hatton.
If he requires a warm-up fight, there’s Lovemore Ndou. The African fought out a draw with Ricky’s younger brother Matthew in 2009.
He is the first of what promises to be many to put his name forward to face Hatton.
The chance of a long-delayed grudge match between Hatton and current British champion Junior Witter is also on the table. Suppose the boxer-turned promoter and trainer intends on taking smaller strides towards the top levels fighters.
Future opponents could include Devon Alexander, Victor Ortiz, and Timothy Bradley, whilst an all-British match-up between Hatton and Kell Brook would also have the UK fans salivating over the prospect.
One potential fight off the table is a money-spinning contest with Former unified champion Amir Khan.
The two have been firm friends over the years and may decide that a clash would be against their interests.
There would then be the question of whether Hatton would pursue a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
Their first fight was a lot more competitive than some of the world’s best fighter’s recent outings until ‘Money’ ended the contest in the eleventh round.
The exciting body puncher’s return would add even more spice to an already overflowing division and would give the top end fighters another option to consider.
Hatton would certainly add more speculation and intrigue to the weight-class. He has already brought so many great match-ups to the fore.
Whatever he confirms in the coming weeks, British fans are buzzing in anticipation of the return of one of their favorite boxing sons.
The sport would only be enhanced by the addition of a reinvigorated Hatton to the welterweight ranks.