EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Hatton offers advice to ‘fearless’ Tyson Fury, makes Joshua v Parker prediction

Joe Hewlett 09/02/2018

Former heavyweight king Tyson Fury is currently grafting away and shedding the pounds alongside new trainer Ben Davison in Marbella.

The MTK Global fighter has announced his intentions to take on an un-named contender as he targets his first outing in over two years this spring.

Former two-weight world champion, Ricky Hatton, believes the former undisputed heavyweight champion should consider a warm-up fight before challenging for world honours again.

“He won’t want an easy fight because that’s what Tyson isn’t about, he wants all the big fights – he’s fearless,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.

“For his first fight back, maybe he should have an easy one to start off with as he has had a few years out and has dropped a lot of weight.

“We don’t know the damage he has done to his body in dropping that weight over the last two-years.

“I think I’d get him a warm-up fight to start off with to see where he’s at performance wise and the minute he’s got that out the way he’ll take on the world. Like I said, he’ll fight anyone, he’s fearless.”

A long-term rival of Fury’s is fellow a fellow Brit in Anthony Joshua. The 28-year-old, is hoping to unify the division to add to his mantelpiece when he takes on New Zealand’s WBO titlist Joseph Parker.

And Hatton expects AJ to do the business. He concluded: “Parker isn’t a power merchant, he’s very, very quick and is a decent boxer but Anthony is a murderous puncher.

“Anthony is a very good boxer and I just think at some point he’ll clock Joe with one and that’ll be that.”

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