Campbell Hatton’s debut after spending all week at a hunting hotel is a world away from dad Ricky’s beginnings
Campbell Hatton’s glitzy pro debut – after a week of fighting in a five-star yacht hotel – is a WORLD away from dad Ricky’s start at the Kingsway Leisure Center in Widnes
- Campbell Hatton will make his professional debut in Gibraltar on Saturday evening
- His start couldn’t be more different from that of his famous father Ricky
- He said, ‘I was at midnight and the only people there were mom and dad’
- Campbell has been in the Matchroom bubble in a five-star yacht hotel all week
Chatting on the top deck of a luxury superyacht in Gibraltar, it had not been lost to Campbell Hatton that the circumstances of his professional debut on Saturday are somewhat different from those in which his father embarked on his own journey.
It’s been nearly 24 years since Ricky Hatton entered the ring at the Kingsway Leisure Center in Widnes after midnight to fight a man who had nine consecutive defeats in a row. They were packing the chairs by the time his first paid punch hit Colin McAuley.
The similarities to stationing his son on a pay-per-view undercard are almost non-existent, aside from the level of opposition chosen for the 20-year-old’s opening squirrel.
Campbell Hatton is ready to make his professional debut in Gibraltar on Saturday
His famous father, Ricky (right), started his brilliant career in a somewhat different environment
That’s a Spanish lightweight named Jesus Ruiz, whose record of 10 defeats from 10 fights is notable only for the fact that nine of them went the whole distance.
Ruiz will provide sustainability and not much more than a launch pad for Campbell Hatton’s career, which is starting to receive a significant level of attention.
Ricky Hatton noted this by saying, ‘I certainly didn’t get a debut like this. I was on at midnight and the only people there were my mom and dad. I can remember the cleaners and concierge stacking up the chairs while I tried to fight. I wasn’t even on the poster. ‘
Campbell, who has been in the Matchroom bubble at a five-star yacht hotel all week, will bear the pressure to appear on the undercard of the Dillian Whyte rematch with Alexander Povetkin. He has admitted to having nerves and his promoter Eddie Hearn has pointed out that he is “ very green – taking pictures of everything, ” but his training has been thorough.
Hatton enters the ring this weekend with great anticipation on his shoulders
Hatton Jr. said: ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better chance for a debut, but I really put the work into it.
‘I don’t know many people who would have done a twelve-week camp for a foursome. So I’m going to take this opportunity.
‘I’m a little nervous because there’s a little pressure and a lot of eyes will be on me, but I’m trying to use that to my advantage because I can’t afford to put in a bad performance.
‘I feel the spotlight, it’s not something I’ve ever felt before and it will take some getting used to.
Hatton admits it will take some time to get used to the media attention
“But the boat and everything else works like a little distraction and occupies my mind a little bit, so it’s useful and I’m using it to my advantage.”
Hatton’s style has been compared to his father’s all-action, front-foot approach, although he couldn’t predict a knockout on his debut.
He said, “I don’t feel like I have to make a statement, but I do want to make a good first impression. Above all, I want to make sure that I don’t get carried away or too eager to please. ‘