July 24 set to be a busy day for Ricky Hatton


RICKY HATTON will be a busy man on July 24 as four fighters from his stable are in action.

The Hitman’s super-lightweight protégé Anthony Upton tops Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s Danger Zone show in Cannock as he squares off with Luke Paddock for the vacant English crown.

On the undercard, fellow Hatton-trained prospects Sonny Upton, Sam Evans and Reuben Arrowsmith are also in action against as yet to be confirmed opponents.

“As a trainer these are the sort of events you look forward to,” Hatton said. “I’ve got Anthony looking to win his first professional title in the main event and Sonny, Reuben and Sam all the have the chance to show people their ability and build towards their own title fights down the line.

“I think everyone knows how much I used to love getting in the ring and letting my hands go and working a corner is the next best thing to that.

“Of course, most of the hard work is done in the gym beforehand, but it’s still a great feeling when a fighter listens to what I tell him in the corner and then puts it into action.

“I was very lucky in my career because I had Billy Graham in my corner and he always knew what to say whenever I needed a boost. If I can inspire my lads the way Billy inspired me, then they’ll go far.

“I think it’s going to be a cracking afternoon and I’m confident that we can win four out of four.”

Upton v Paddock tops a quality afternoon of boxing at the Chase Leisure Centre. In addition to Arrowsmith, Evans and Sonny Upton, the event also features English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065. The show takes place on Sunday afternoon with doors opening at 12.30pm.