Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton, a former WBA (Super), IBF, IBO & The Ring Light Welterweight Champion and WBA Welterweight Champion, will return to the ring on November 24 after a gap of two and a half years but his fellow countryman Carl Froch, who is the current IBF super middleweight champion, feels Hatton has made the wrong decision.
Hatton walked away from the sport after suffering a brutal second-round knockout at the hands of the Filipino star Manny Pacquiao but now he wants to regain his lost image.
However, Froch feels Hatton wouldn’t be able to produce the same goods in the ring. While speaking on his inclusion, the 35-year-old, who is more commonly known as the Cobra, said that Hatton has ‘not let anybody down’ and therefore he should enjoy his retirement.
“I think he should stay retired but who am I to tell him that?” Froch said on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.
“He’s two years younger than me and only he will know if he can get himself into shape to compete at the top level again.”
Despite the two losses Hatton suffere
Hatton lost only two fights during his career and both of his defeats were against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who are rated as the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Perhaps this is a reason why Froch believes that Hatton’s career represents a good legacy.
“He’s been fantastic for the sport of boxing and he’s achieved lots of things,” he continued. “His name is on the boxing map for years to come.
“Should he come back? Is it the right decision? We’ll only find that out over the next year, 18 months, however long he’s back for, and that will be based on how he performs.
“He got knocked out quite badly by Manny Pacquiao and nobody wants to go out like that but is that the writing on the wall? Is that telling you it’s the right decision (to retire)?
“If he wants to box, he should box. Nobody can tell him what to do.”