Ricky Hatton ‘never wanted son Campbell Hatton to get into boxing’ but is confident he can do family name proud ahead of Manchester debut this weekend

Ricky Hatton has revealed he never wanted to let son Campbell take up boxing, but is now fully confident in his ability.

The 20-year-old made his professional debut last month, beating Jesus Ruiz in convincing style on the undercard to Dillian Whyte’s rematch win over Alexander Povektin in Gibraltar.

Campbell Hatton will be in action in Manchester this weekend
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Hatton began boxing at the age of 14 under the tutelage of dad Ricky and uncle Matthew and won a National Novice title and two North West titles.

His father was one of the greatest British boxers in history; bringing an army of adoring fans from Manchester to Las Vegas on multiple occasions to dance with some of the greatest fighters of his generation.

In 2012, despite his best efforts, his comeback fight ended in defeat and he hung up the gloves for god.

A two-weight world champion who was adored by the public is some act to follow, yet Ricky feels as though the ‘Hurricane’ has more than enough to make it to the top.

Campbell will make his Manchester debut this weekend and it’s sure to be another emotional night for Ricky.

The youngster is eager to follow in his dad’s footstep but ‘The Hitman’ didn’t agree with his initial decision to take up the sport…

Campbell Hatton is set to be in action again
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Prior to his debut win, Hatton told talkSPORT: “I never wanted him to go into boxing in the first place!

“That’s the reason why I did it; so my family didn’t have to do that. But it is something he wanted to do and listen, it will be a very nervous time.

“I’m confident in his ability, I’m confident in how he prepares and everything like that.

“I wouldn’t let him go into the game if I didn’t think he had half a chance of doing something because there are easier professions to go in than this game, as we all know.

“So I’ll be very, very nervous, but quietly excited about the performance he is going to do. He has worked very, very hard to get to this point.

Ricky Hatton made his debut back in 1997
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“I think he is going to do the family proud.”

He added: “I think a lot of people think this might be a novelty act or something, but he has got the right attitude, he’s got the right personality, he’s got the right style and a great all-round attitude.

“It’s a big platform for him this but, if I didn’t think he could handle it, I would put the brakes on – as his manager and his dad.

“But there is no need; he has taken it all in his stride and if he is dreaming of getting to the same level that the top of the bill are at, why not use this as an experience to build for the future?”

Having already been signed by Anthony Joshua’s management company shortly after signing with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn, Campbell Hatton knows a lot is expected of him.

Campbell Hatton beat Jesus Ruiz on his professional debut in March
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With his dad not particularly keen on the idea of him lacing up the gloves from a young age, there have certainly been plenty of obstacles to overcome.

He said: “To be honest, it was something I started a bit later on. As I got older, like while my dad and Matthew were still boxing in their careers.

“I was always a little bit young to appreciate it. So, as I got older and around the time my dad had his comeback, I was old enough to start paying a bit more of an interest.

“I convinced my mum after a while to let me go down to the local gym and, once she gave in and I walked into the amateur gym, I knew from then it was what I wanted to do myself.

“I’ve loved it ever since.”

He added: “I’ve got a lot of similarities to my dad where I do like to come forward; I’ve got body shots and a good engine and strong.

“But I like to mix it up as well. I like to pick my shots and work off my jab too, so a little bit of everything.

“Just box-fighting to be honest!”