Report: Ricky Hatton vs Marco Antonio Barrera in talks for 2022

Ricky Hatton

Stacey Verbeek

After ten years away, Ricky Hatton is eyeing a sensational return to the ring for a redemption clash with multi-weight champion Marco Antonio Barrera.

Hatton lost his last three professional fights against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Vyacheslav Senchenko. The latter came after three years out of action.

‘The Hitman’ never wanted to walk away for good with a loss. Hatton now has the chance to face Mexican legend Barrera in an exhibition.

According to Sky Sports, following the trend of older fighters making comebacks well into their retirement years, Hatton is in discussions with Barrera’s team.

Barrera fought twice recently in a similar capacity against Erik Morales and Daniel Ponce de Leon.

This exceptional turn of events happens despite Hatton, 43, being very critical of other ex-boxers doing similar in their forties.

“We need to save boxers from this, and more importantly, they need to be saved by the people around them,” pointed out Hatton in his Metro column last year.

“The boxer’s health is always the priority. And if we allow Tyson Fury to fight David Haye and Evander Holyfield to fight Mike Tyson, we are putting boxers at real risk.

“So I don’t care whether it is their choice. We need to save boxers for the sake of their health. “These fighters feel great in the gym, but they don’t look great in the ring.

“Evander Holyfield says he wants to fight Mike Tyson next, David Haye wants to fight Tyson Fury.

“I think the world of David Haye, but sorry, no. They need saving from themselves,” he concluded.

Marco Antonio Barrera


WBN asked Hatton’s son Campbell about his father possibly coming back as he embarked on his career in the ring.

At the time, Nigel Benn planned to fight Sakio Bika in his fifties.

Campbell exclusively told World Boxing News: “I don’t think my dad would consider a comeback in the way Nigel Benn is talking about doing.

“He has worked hard, proved himself in the ring, and now he can enjoy his retirement.

“Also, he had his comeback fight a few years ago (a loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012 after a three-year absence.) to give it one last go.

“Now he’s come to terms with retirement where he is achieving new things in the sport as a coach.”

Should Hatton vs. Barrera come to fruition, it’s not out of this world to think Campbell could fight on the undercard to create history in a father and son capacity.

WBN will update on this story.

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