Joe Pigford, alongside Ricky Hatton, returns to the ring on March 30

RINGSIDE 08/02/2019

📸:Frank Warren

Whatever happened to fans’ favourite Joe Pigford ?

The take-one-to-give-one super-welterweight slugger announced himself with a spectacular, come-from-behind KO of Arron Morgan in front of the BT Sport cameras in May, 2017.

That wasn’t the breakthrough win it looked.

Pigford has boxed only once since, but now the 25 year old has teamed up with Ricky Hatton, he’s looking to fight for honours soon.

He’s in action in front of his home supporters when Steve Bendall promotes at the Novotel in Southampton on Saturday, March 30 and said: “It will only take one or two fights and I will back where I was, fighting for titles on TV shows.

“I feel a bit sorry for Arron. Every time he types his name into Google it must come up as ‘knockout of the year.’

“That got me publicity, got my name out there, and then for one reason or another, I didn’t fight for another 18 months.

“I don’t know what route I will take, but I will be winning titles soon.”

Pigford reckons he will fill the Southampton venue with his supporters next month, but says the move away from his home city will help him get the best out of himself.

“This is what I had to do to get the best training and get the best out of myself,” he said.

“I don’t have the distractions I have in Southampton. I don’t get my mates ringing me to see if I want a beer on a Saturday night. I don’t get asked anymore.”

Pigford has boxed once under Hatton, stopping Daniel Urbanski in Bournemouth in December, and said: “We are working on my defence mostly.

“I’m improving all the time.

“I thought I was going to get the big fights a couple of years ago, but now they are nearly here again and I’m confident I will win them.”