Like father Like Son! Campbell Hatton – son of retired star Ricky – marks professional debut with points win against Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar
- Campbell Hatton defeated Jesus Ruiz 0-10 on points in Gibraltar
- Son of British boxing icon Ricky Hatton, it was Campbell’s first professional fight
- Ruiz took some big bloody blows to the face in the second and third rounds
- Father Ricky watched as Campbell made it 1-0 in his professional career
The second coming has begun. Where it ends for Campbell Hatton is a mystery to another day, but his debut assignment as a professional was passed with a point win over Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar.
It was a bit wild and predictably raw against an opponent with no fame beyond his ability to take a beating.
But in the end it was a job for Hatton, even if the sacrificial lamb in the opposite corner had enough toughness and durability to rob the 20-year-old of the satisfaction of a knockout.
Campbell Hatton (left) defeated Jesus Ruiz via points decision in his first professional fight
Hatton (left) hurt his 0-10 opponent early on with some brutal body shots in Gibraltar
He landed a lot of shots, took a few soft shots in response, but couldn’t quite get the Spaniard up.
In his own words, Hatton Jr was a bit influenced by the scale and spotlight of the occasion, which is no surprise for a debut on the undercard or pay-per-view show after a week of significant attention. He said, ‘I don’t think I tried my best. I can do much better than that. The nerves hit me a little bit so I’ll do better next time. ‘
His famous father, World Champion Two-Weight Ricky, added: ‘It is a very proud evening for me as a father and for us as a family. I’m glad I had a mask so people couldn’t see me crying. It was a good learning fight. ‘
Campbell was supported in the ring by father and British boxing icon Ricky Hatton
The son came to Blue Moon, just like his father always did, before walking to the ring to Oasis ‘F *** in’ in the Bushes. He was thrilled and so were 500 fans within the Europa Point Sports Complex – like everything else, he comes into the sport with an already significant amount of interest and benevolence.
His first round with the pros was a hectic and sometimes messy blur of shots. He landed four decent left hooks on the body – another favorite of his old man – and a half decent uppercut. A pair went the other way through a loose defense, but Ruiz’s threat could be accurately measured by his 0-10 record coming in.
Hatton took another soft shot from Ruiz early in the second, before bleeding the Spaniard’s nose and punching it off with more bodywork. A few uppercuts from Hatton missed their mark, but by the middle of the second his opponent seemed almost exhausted.
Hatton’s debut wasn’t perfect as he showed carelessness, but started his career with a win
Hatton was a bit careless in the third, losing a fraction of his balance after a right hand from Ruiz, and was also caught with soft shots in the fourth while chasing a knockdown. Ruiz briefly appeared close to a body shot in the last minute, but stayed up and made the bell, as in nine of his previous defeats. Thanks to Ruiz, he proved it was sustainable, and thanks to Hatton, he’s off the shelf. It’s going to be a fun ride.
His uncle and trainer Matthew Hatton said: ‘We saw a few small flashes, a few body punches, but it was all a learning experience. It was a good start and he will learn from it. ‘
On the same Whyte-Povetkin undercard, Ted Cheeseman defeated James Metcalf in a brutal knockout to win the vacant British Super Welterweight title. The 25-year-old swallowed big hits in the 11th round of a close fight before squashing Metcalf with a massive left.
Promising heavyweight Fabio Wardley overcame some sloppiness and a few hard hits to put veteran Eric Molina in the fifth.
Previously, Nick Webb dropped unbeaten German Erik Pfeifer three times in a surprise second-round win and Youssef Khoumari defeated Kane Baker and improved to 12 wins and a draw of 13.
Clumsy welterweight Michael McKinson reached 20-0 after a strong performance against Chris Kongo. McKinson made a unanimous decision to deal Kongo’s first defeat in 13.