Exclusive: Ricky Hatton talks training role, missing fighting and boxing aftercare

Joe Hewlett 23/06/2017

Ricky Hatton is a busy man. Not only does he have a stable of upcoming fighters like Nathen Gorman and Daryll Williams amongst the ranks who he trains, he also has his promotional company at Hatton Promotions.

The ‘Hitman’ admitted he doesn’t have the influence as the likes of Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn possess in terms of promoting, but loves the chance to stage events despite having preferences to train fighters.

He formerly coached the likes of Anthony Crolla and Scott Quigg, just to name a couple.

“On a promotional point of view, I don’t have the powers of Frank Warren and Matchroom, I don’t have fights televised. I don’t have this and that but I tend to get the champion’s started if that makes any kind of sense. I don’t blame them if they outgrow me and want to be on TV but from a training point of view I’m turning out some goodens,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I prefer the training, it’s what I know best, I’ve met some lovely people in boxing and some not so lovely people and that tends to be on the promoting side and not the training side.

“I’m loving every minute of it, I don’t do so much promotional work anymore since I had my Sky dates years ago but I don’t mind getting the kids started before they go off and try make it to the next level.”

It has been five years since the former two-weight world champion made a comeback to the sport before being sent into retirement by Vyacheslav Senchenko. The 38-year-old is more than content with how life is treating him these days.

However, he admits he wishes he could still be the main man in boxing.

“I miss it every day but it’s gone now. I came back to see if I still had it and I hadn’t so I could go into my next stage of my life, which is training fighters and can go into doing it happy. I still miss it but it is what it is.”

Hatton has also been a vocal voice in supporting the case for a Union to be created in aid of protecting fighters. Not only during their fighting days, but for more importantly when they have bad experiences in the ring or decide to hang the gloves up.

“Boxing can be sometimes a nasty sport and some people have got hurt – Nick Blackwell being just one, so surely boxers need looking after more than the likes of footballers,” he pointed out.

“Bearing in mind what goes on in the sport and what goes on as a boxer and not just that, it’s an individual sport whilst footballers, when they play they have a whole football club and a football association behind them.

“With boxers, you retire and your promoters move on to the next champion and it’s a shame, we need looking after more than most, so it’s something that must be sorted,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95