Harry Pratt

Promoter Hatton confident in his prospects

Fighter turned promoter Ricky Hatton believes he has a trio of future world champions in Martin Murray, Anthony Crolla and Joe Murray.

The three Englishmen were in action in Wigan this past weekend, enjoying comfortable wins as they continue their progress toward possible title shots.

Commonwealth middleweight titleholder Martin Murray (23-0, 10 knockouts) secured a fifth-round KO against Nick Blackwell for the British belt, lightweight Crolla (21-2, 9 KOs) stopped Herve De Luca in round one, and Joe Murray (11-0, 5 KOs) outpointed James Ancliff for a minor featherweight title.

And, after each of the prospects penned new deals with Hatton Promotions on Monday morning, President Hatton predicted they are destined to reach the summit of their respective divisions.

"They will all be world champions, and I am delighted and honored the lads have put their future in my hands. I intend to repay them by steering them to world titles," said Hatton, a former two-weight titleholder.

“Martin is getting close, Anthony’s chance should come inside 18 months and Joe is one of the best young talents in British boxing. I think the lads can identify with me and see what the entire team at Hatton Promotions is trying to achieve.”

The three fighters are expected to be back in the ring in the fall.

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