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Ricky Hatton: In coaching camp for my present towards Marco Antonio Barrera

Hatton returns on July 2 for only one evening (Picture: Getty/@rickyhitmanhatton)

In his newest column, the British boxing legend provides a glimpse into coaching camp forward of his exhibition match towards Marco Antonio Barrera after displaying off his unbelievable weight reduction.

We are actually only a month away from my exhibition match towards Marco Antonio Barrera on July 2nd and the arduous work is properly underway. I’m proud of the work I put in to lose two kilos in about seven weeks.

Since I used to be all the time in fight camps, I used to be very strict with my weight-reduction plan. I ate the fitting issues on the proper occasions, did the fitting issues, the wise issues with my physique.

However I used to be very strict with myself. At 43 I used to be questioning if it might be tougher to take the burden off and it was tougher however I used to be in a position to step up with my very own self-discipline. It’s all about this. I get pleasure from having the ability to stroll down the road and folks say, ‘God, Ricky, how did you try this! It took you years.”

Weight reduction a life-style change

I like an evening out right here and there, I like a pint or a meal so I’ll by no means be paper skinny or stroll round 24/7 with a 6 pack! However I feel this will likely be a life-style change for me. I intend that this would be the norm for me sooner or later.

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I anticipate to choose up a bit after the struggle. I used to be 14 stone and 6 kilos earlier than all this and now I’m 12 stone and three kilos. Come to the struggle, I hope to be a bit below. After the struggle, if I can preserve that self-discipline and get across the 12 stone mark, that’s one other objective for me. It’s one factor to drop a few pounds, however there’s no level in coming proper again up afterwards.

Replicating my previous battle camps

We did a little bit of all the pieces, with Blaine Younis placing me by means of my paces, and there was quite a lot of sparring as properly. It’s 4 weeks on Saturday and as we’ve been going alongside I’ve been getting the laps. I loved getting in with my fighters, matching them up and doing the identical rounds they did. I feel it was good for them and I hope they will get some inspiration from it too.

Hatton nearing struggle evening (Picture: rickyhitmanhatton)

For sure, we are actually reaching the essential levels. Again within the struggle days, I slowly constructed it up, did it three weeks beforehand, after which did a horrible job a fortnight. And I don’t suppose that can change.

I’ve had a troublesome week this week, it’s going to be more durable subsequent week, then the following two are going to be terrible earlier than we are able to loosen up a bit.

I’ve all the time executed that and it’s all the time been enjoyable. The primary couple of issues we did was a little bit of a shock to the system, the primary spar was a little bit of a shock to the system as properly, which truthfully is all the time troublesome, even should you’re struggling, doesn’t matter should you do 43 and haven’t executed it in 10 years.

However after the primary, muscle reminiscence kicks in and the toughest half is out of the best way. It solely will get higher from there.

Hatton returns on July 2 for one evening solely.

Fury vs Hunter shares the large evening

It was introduced this week that the WBA title eliminator between Hughie Fury and Michael Hunter will happen on the identical evening as my exhibition match towards Barrera on the AO Area in Manchester.

It’s an ideal struggle to share the night with him. It is going to be two separate exhibits sharing the identical venue with BOXXER selling their struggle. The British Boxing Board of Management have been instructed ours is an leisure present so there’s no purpose why we are able to’t share the venue and placed on an unbelievable evening of boxing motion. The winners would be the boxing followers who’re watching.

Fury is trying to get one step nearer to a different world title (Image: Getty)

Hughie has been shut to a different world title struggle for a couple of years so that is improbable information for him. Hopefully there are some nice children from Manchester on the undercard too, so it doesn’t get any higher.

Large week for Boxing Corridor of Famers

There’s an enormous celebration subsequent week when the Boxing Corridor of Fame introduces their latest heroes. Having seen the final couple of occasions canceled by Covid it’s a very special day that can see courses from 2020, 2021 and 2022 happen the place the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Wladimir Klitschko and Floyd Mayweather to be honored from 2020 and 2021.

The Class of 2022 roster includes the greats Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney. I want to remember that one day I will be there. I never thought that in my wildest dreams I would have the following.

I’m doing my best to tick all the boxes, I’ve achieved my dream of becoming world champion and I’ve helped others do that in 2017 as a coach with Zhanat Zhakiyanov and hopefully more will follow. It would be a great honor and hopefully one day it will come.

Ricky Hatton vs Marco Antonio Barrera takes place on Saturday 2nd July at the AO Arena in Manchester.

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