By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Ricky Hatton was interviewed on the Fenech Fight Night Foxtel televised boxing promotion at the Roundhouse – University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia. “The manner in which I ended my defeat (to Pacquiao) is not really the way I would like to bow out,” Hatton said. “I’d like to bow out like Kostya did in an absolute war of a fight, a wonderful fight with great sportsmanship. I would be surprised if Kostya made a comeback. He is around the 40 mark now and he doesn’t need to (come back).
Tszyu returns on Saturday from a trip to his birth country of Russia and Hatton said he would be disappointed not to meet “the great man” before leaving Australia. Asked what he recalled of his fight with Tszyu, Hatton quipped, “a lot of pain.”
He regarded the win as the best of his career. “To beat the universally undisputed champion as Kostya was recognized and I think he was number two pound-for-pound in the world,” he said. “If you look through the light welterweights through history, there’s not too many who have done what Kostya has done.”
Invited to Australia by the ambitious Sydney-based Grange Old School Boxing organization, Hatton said he wanted to expand his promotional interests outside the United Kingdom and was looking at stage shows in Australia.
He was impressed with the talent in Australia. “There’s some great fighters out there. You’ve got Anthony Mundine and obviously (Danny) Green has just had that fantastic win against Roy Jones, so you can see the talent that is here in Australia.
“It just needs that one guy to be a little bit of a superstar and I think it will take off. I think there’s a lot of potential in Australian amateur boxing and that’s why I’m here.”
Hatton said either Oscar De La Hoya or Juan Manuel Marquez would probably be a preferred opponent if he did return to the ring for one last fight and did not rule out fighting Australia’s IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou, who recently drew with his brother Matthew Hatton.
“It could be a possibility but I would like to try and work to get Matthew another shot,” Hatton concluded.