MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton has no plans of changing his boxing style when he makes his return to the ring this November, more than three years after his last fight.
Hatton will face Vyacheslav Sanchenko on November 24 for his comeback fight at the Manchester Arena. It will be his first fight since losing to Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
In an interview with Dog House Boxing, Hatton insisted that he will not change the fighting style that endeared him to boxing fans over the years.
“Not particular, not a lot of things,” Hatton said when asked if he planned on changing his style. “The reason why they like Ricky Hatton is because as long as you’re in the boxing ring, you go for the KO (knockout).”
Hatton acknowledged that his fighting style is risky, which led to knockout defeats at the hands of Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I’ve seen so many fighters over the years fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., just survive and trying to wait for the final round,” he said. “Obviously, you know when I fought Floyd, I was down, but as long as I was breathing in that ring, you know I was trying to knock him out.”
“That’s what people like about me, so I don’t think my style will change. But more maturity obviously, I have to be a little more cautious,” Hatton added.
“The Hitman” explained that his losses to Pacquiao and Mayweather happened because of his own mistakes.
“I was going, as they would say in England, like a chicken with his head cut off,” he said. “That’s why they knocked me out.”
“I have to tweak a few things, but ultimately, it’s still the same old Ricky Hatton, that’s what people love,” he added.
Hatton has not won a match since knocking out Paulie Malignaggi in the 11th round of their light-welterweight bout in November 2008.
The 2005 “Fighter of the Year” said the key to his comeback is “going back to the old school.”
“I think at this point, it’s going back to basics, and what got me there in the first place,” he said.