Ricky Hatton will not face an older, faded opponent on his return to the ring in November and wants to be ranked in the world’s top ten with a victory when he makes his comeback at the MEN Arena.
The former two-weight world title holder had been linked to clash with former IBF and IBO champion Lovemore Ndou in recent weeks, although the 33 year-old dismissed a low-key bout as he climbs between the ropes for the first time since 2009.
“There have been several names we have been talking about and obviously over the next few days we will make our decision,” Hatton stated.
“I have come back to win world titles, so in order to put myself in a position to win a world title – a lot of people have said it will be a journeyman for my first one back, but I am not going to get ranked if a fight a journeyman. I need a challenge.
“I think it will be an opponent that people will respect me for choosing. The level of opponent and it’s an opponent that will get me ranked. In getting me ranked, it puts me in a position for me to fulfil my dreams, which is obviously having another belt round my waist.
“We will announce it in the immediate future,” he added.
WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has already been ear-marked for the title challenge and Hatton will now be expected to face someone ranked in the top ten, or thereabouts, by that organisation.