MANILA, Philippines – Comebacking former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton believes he and fellow Briton Amir “King” Khan may wound up fighting each other in the future, in what will surely be a huge match in their native England.
Hatton is making a ring return after officially retiring last year, and is set to fight former welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24 at the Manchester Arena.
But in an interview with the BBC, Hatton said there is a “good chance” he and Khan will face each other across the ring in the future.
“I think there’s a good chance of me fighting Amir Khan,” he said. “Obviously, he is the other big name in my division.”
Hatton pointed out, however, that Khan is “at the top of his game.”
“He is at his peak. To be honest with you, I’ve still got to prove that I can compete at that level,” he admitted.
Khan has actually lost his last two fights, but will be returning to the ring against unbeaten prospect Carlos Molina on December with new trainer Virgil Hunter in his corner.
Boxing blog Bad Left Hook notes that there will always be an audience for a Hatton-Khan fight.
“It’s a clash of generations in British boxing on paper, but right now it’s way too soon to actually expect it to happen,” wrote Scott Christ. “We still know nothing about where Hatton is, and Khan is starting a new phase of his career, too.”
Hatton, for his part, wants British boxing fans to first watch his comeback fight before speculating on a possible Amir Khan showdown.
“All I say is, buy your tickets, watch on the TV, and let me prove there’s life in the old dog yet before we start mixing me in the names of people such as Amir,” he said.
Hatton is a former world light welterweight and welterweight champion who was also the 2005 “Fighter of the Year.” He retired in 2011, two years after getting knocked out in two rounds against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.