By Barry Holbrook: Retired former two-division world champion Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton is throwing his name in the hat for being one of Oscar de la Hoya’s opponents for his exhibition fights.
De Hoya may like the idea of facing Hatton as he aims to secure a rematch after two encounters with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Triller faces a non-boxer at the PPV at former Oscar UFC champion Vitor Belfort on September 11. In De La Hoya’s second fight, he wants to face former UFC champion Anderson Silva, 46.
There would be a better option for Hatton de la Hoya than Silva, who looked weak and slow in his recent win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
At 42, Hatton is still young enough to compete against former five-division world champion De La Hoya, if he can get in shape.
It’s been nine years since Hatton retired from boxing after a disappointing ninth round defeat Vyacheslav Senchenko In Manchester, England in November 2012.
One could argue that Hatton never really stood an honest chance at winning the fight after three years of retirement without a tune-up to face contender Senko.
Hatton had carried an enormous amount of weight to prepare hastily for the Battle of Senchenko (37–2, 25 KO).
It was crazy for him to trim that kind of poundage without taking three or four tune-ups to prepare him for the heavy-handed Ukrainian Senchenko.
In addition, Hatton was a more effective fighter when he was moved to 147 for his feuds with Senchenko and Floyd Mayweather Jr., competing in the 140-lb division.
Nevertheless, Hatton fought well throughout the competition and was ahead on the scorecards for all three judges going into the ninth round.
Hatton was stopped in the ninth round with a hard left hand on Sanchenko’s body. Out of desperation, Hatton announced his retirement during the post-fight press conference.
Still quite young, at 33, Hatton had plenty left in the tank if he wanted to continue the fight.
Obviously, it would have been difficult for Hatton to continue his inspiration in the sport for the millions he made for his feuds with Pacquiao, Kostya Tziu, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Hatton is still very rich today. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hatton has a net worth of $40 million.
Prior to his return, Hatton had not fought since being blown up by Manny Pacquiao in round two.
“If the opportunity comes, I’ll make a move with Oscar de la Hoya,” Hatton said Metro Volunteered to fight former five-division world champion De La Hoya.
Of course, Hatton (45-3, 32 KO) will need to trim a few extra pounds to get into shape enough not to embarrass himself in a fight against 48-year-old ‘golden boy’ De La. Hoya (39-6, 30 KO).
“The Oscars were a hero to a lot of people in boxing, so it will be interesting even if it’s only an exhibition,” Hatton continued. “To share the ring with him and find out first hand how cool he was and probably still is.
“It looks like he’ll be fighting former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort now, but if Oscar keeps talking about it, a lot of boxers will want it,” Hatton said.