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Ricky Hatton ‘devastated’ as his comeback fight with Marco Antonio Barrera is postponed

Ricky Hatton ‘devastated’ as his comeback match against Marco Antonio Barrera has been postponed but insists he’ll stay fit after 10 years out of boxing

  • Ricky Hatton’s fight has been postponed after a fighter’s injury on the map
  • It would have been the 43-year-old’s first fight since retiring ten years ago
  • He lost ‘three and a half stone’ in preparation for the fight and ‘wants to stay fit’
  • Hatton was originally scheduled to fight Marco Antonio Barrera next month

Ricky Hatton was “stunned” at the postponement of his planned comeback fight against Marco Antonio Barrera, but said he would maintain his fitness after a remarkable transformation.

The fight was postponed after Hughie Fury, another fighter on the card, was forced to withdraw with an injury.

Hatton, who had lost three and a half stone before the fight, said on Twitter: “Absolutely devastated. I put myself in top shape physically and mentally.

Ricky Hatton (center) said he lost 'three and a half stone' in preparation for his comeback

Ricky Hatton (center) said he lost ‘three and a half stone’ in preparation for his comeback

‘But we go every day. Saved my son today. Doesn’t get much better.’

The 43-year-old had transformed his lifestyle in preparation for the fight. He told talkSPORT“I’ve worked so hard, I’ve lost three and a half stone, I’ve worked really hard, sparring rounds, training rounds and mushrooming and just to put it off.

“I’d like to think it’s a lifelong change for me, I don’t go to church every day and I don’t go for a pint here and there or a burger here and there.

Hatton said he hopes he can make his recent lifestyle changes permanent

Hatton said he hopes he can make his recent lifestyle changes permanent

He continued: “When I was younger I gained weight, but I always knew I would train again six or seven weeks later and that’s not the case anymore.”

“I’m going to try to stay where I am now. I’m 43 now and opportunities like this won’t come along very often now. I can’t just make a comeback every time I lose a little weight.”

Hatton was also asked about Tyson Fury’s recent claim that he would only come out of retirement to fight Olexksander Usyk for £500 million. He said, ‘I’ll fight Usyk if I get half a bill! Leave it Tyson, Tyson can step aside.’

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