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Campbell wants Hatton!

By Flattop

IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell is ready to move up to 140 pounds and challenge Ricky Hatton if the “Hitman” doesn’t come to terms with Manny Pacquaio. Having read FightNews for the past two weeks regarding the financial squabbling between the Pacquaio and Hatton camps, Campbell has released the following exclusive statement:

“I have been following the little drama between Hatton and Pac regarding their money dispute. Negotiating is one thing, but it should have at least some appearance of common sense. So I don’t blame Ricky one bit if he dumps that fight. And I hear his pops has a deal for a fight in the British Isles or something in the summer already lined up. Well let me just say this. If they can wait till after Feb 28 to make a decision about their opponent, then I hope they will keep my name in the mix. Its no secret that I am pulling for Marquez in his fight with Diaz on Feb 28, because I think there’s a legitimate chance of making a fight between me and Juan Manuel. Its also no secret that I truly believe that Willie Savannah will never put Juan Diaz anywhere near me again, regardless of whatever junk he says to the media. So if Diaz happens to pull off a win on Feb 28, then I will have some free time before my WBO mandatory (with Barrera or whoever) is due, and would be more than happy to come up and fight Ricky at 140 in England, the British Isles, or even at his momma’s house. And I understand and respect Hatton’s drawing power in the UK, and I never make negotiations a problem. Not to mention, it would be a helluva fight. So to Ricky I would say that if you end up dumping the Pac fight, then Hatton – Campbell is a pretty good bad Plan B. And before 100 people email me about how I am overlooking my fight with Funeka, well that’s just not true. I am preparing for Funeka as if my entire career is on the line, because it is, and because Funeka and the fans deserve that of me. But that certainly doesn’t mean I can’t take a minute or two here and there to think about what lies ahead.”

Nate Campbell
IBF/WBO Lightweight Champion




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