On the back of a successful stint in the ring himself, former two-weight world title challenger Matthew Hatton has taken the next logical step of helping young fighters forging a career path of their own in boxing.
Hatton, 32, decided to hang up his gloves after missing out the IBO title against Chris Van Heerden in March and now plans to make use of his experience by passing on his vast knowledge to others.
Enter Rob Hough from Stockport, a successful businessman who becomes the first of hopefully many to be tutored by Hatton, who has followed brother Ricky into the coaching side of the sport.
“I first met Rob about three months ago when he came to me for some personal training sessions at Metro Fitness Gym in Stockport,” Hatton explained to World Boxing News.
“We got on really well and I could see he had some ability so I asked him about his past boxing experience which included about 20 amateur bouts over seven years ago.
“He told me he had recently returned to the ring winning three amateur fights by KO and It had always been his dream to turn professional.
“Rob had been concentrating his time and efforts into building up his businesses, which include two bar/restaurants that have done really well. He just likes to fight and is not in it for the money, just for the love of the sport which endeared me to him instantly and I decided to help him out.
“I took him around several gyms to spar with some top pro’s before applying for his license as he had acquitted himself well in sparring and we now we will see how far Rob can go.”
‘Magic’ Matthew was on hand at Bowler’s in Manchester last night to oversee proceedings as his new protégé made his light-heavyweight bow, which was a triumphant one as Hough scored a second round stoppage win over Bryan Richardson.
“Dave Coldwell put Rob on his show last night at Bowlers, Manchester and I was proud to see what was a stunning second round KO,” beamed Hatton.
“Rob has a lot to work on, but with a bit of polishing he could be a rough diamond. He is my first professional fighter and you could not wish to meet a nicer guy. We get on great together and I see him as friend.
“Who knows what the future holds for ‘Hot Stuff’ Rob Hough, but It will certainly be an exciting ride I guarantee you that.
“He is a rare breed as a successful businessman who doesn’t fight for the fame or fortune. Rob simply laces up his gloves because he loves a good old tear-up and that has got to be admired,” he added.
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