Former two-weight titleholder Ricky Hatton has promised to deliver a comeback to remember after revealing that Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko will be his opponent when he returns to the ring at the MEN Arena in his home city of Manchester, England, on November 24.
Hitman Hatton, who turns 34 next weekend and last fought over three years ago when badly beaten up by Manny Pacquiao inside two rounds, is convinced a 10-round welterweight contest with Senchenko, which is already a 20,000 sell-out, is the perfect stepping stone towards bigger and better things.
Senchenko, 35, from Donetsk, has lost just once in his career, with 21 of his 32 victories inside the distance. That sole defeat came in April when Paulie Malignaggi took his WBA belt. The American titleholder has since made no secret of his desire for a money-spinning defense against Hatton.
“I can’t wait to get in the ring now, and I’m sure that Vyacheslav Senchenko will give me a good fight,” said Hatton (45-2, 32 knockouts) at a press conference in Manchester on Friday. “Senchenko has got a good pedigree but it’s a fight that I am confident I can win.
“I’m in great shape, I’m feeling good and I know I can put on a performance for all those watching. I’m a boxer who loves boxing and loves to box. I’m driven by a hunger to box and look forward to getting back in the ring.”
In his heyday, Hatton, whose only other defeat was to Floyd Mayweather Jr., held two titles at junior welterweight and one at welterweight.
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