Ricky Hatton ‘devastated’ as his comeback bout against Marco Antonio Barrera is postponed, but insists he will stay fighting fit after 10 years out of boxing
- Ricky Hatton’s fight has been postponed after an injury to a fighter on the card
- It would have been the 43-year-old’s first fight since retiring a decade ago
- He lost ‘three and a half stone’ in preparation for the fight and ‘aims to stay fit’
- Hatton was originally scheduled to fight Marco Antonio Barrera next month
Ricky Hatton was ‘devastated’ 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, had to pull out with an injury.
Hatton, who had lost three and a half stone for the fight, said on twitter: ‘Absolutely devastated. Got myself in great shape physically and mentally.
Ricky Hatton (centre) said he lost ‘three and a half stone’ in preparation for his comeback
‘But we go again each day. Sparred my son again 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 in weight, I worked really hard, rounds of sparring, rounds of training and pad work and just for it to be postponed.
‘I’d like to think it’s a lifetime change for me, I’m not going to be going to church every day and I’m not going to not have a pint here and there or a burger here and there.
Hatton said he hopes he will be able to make his recent lifestyle changes permanent
He continued: ‘When I was younger I’d put the weight on but I always knew I’d be back in training six or seven weeks later and that’s not the case anymore.’
‘I’m going to try and stay where I am, I’m 43 years of age now and opportunities like this are not going to come around as often now, I can’t just make a comeback every time I want to get a bit of weight off.’
Hatton was also asked about Tyson Fury’s recent claim that he would only come out of retirement to fight Olexksander Usyk for £500m. He said: ‘I’ll fight Usyk if I get half a bill! Nevermind Tyson, Tyson can step aside.’