With former WBA welterweight and IBF light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton expected to announce his comeback tomorrow at a news conference, the father and trainer of undefeated super-middleweight titlist Joe Calzaghe, Enzo, has urged “The Hitman” to reconsider throwing fists in November against an opponent to be named at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.
The 33-year-old Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs), awarded the 2005 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, hung up his gloves after suffering a vicious second round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
Following the beating from Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), the famed Englishman acknowledged abusing drugs and alcohol to combat suicidal thoughts and cope with his lagging career.
The tough Brit has only been trumped professionally by “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs).
“I respect every fighter. Yet the question you need to ask Ricky is ‘Why?’ Life is the most important thing and that means family and health. He has family and kids and you have to look at that,” said Calzaghe, 63, the head trainer for Team Calzaghe at the Newbridge boxing club. “No-one forces these fighters to retire. They retire for their own reasons or because they have fallen out of love with boxing. But you can be bored. Yet Ricky made millions. So if you don’t have to risk your health, don’t risk it. You can’t play games with your health.”
Hatton, who claimed to frequently experience blackouts during his daylong benders, was stripped in September 2010 of his boxing license by the British Boxing Board of Control after being found guilty of misconduct for drug use.
Hatton’s most impressive triumph came when he captured the IBF light welterweight belt from International Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu by TKO in June 2005.
Many analysts hailed Hatton’s upset over Tszyu (31-2, 25 KOs) as the most spectacular victory by an English boxer in decades.
“Of course, you can believe you are going to be a world champion again. But you can’t be better than you were three years ago. That’s the bottom line in any sport,” said Calzaghe. “Tiger Woods came back but isn’t as good as he was before – and no-one is punching you in the head on a golf course!”
Ricky Hatton is unique and blessed with a magnetic personality.
The extremely likable and charismatic bloke should realize “life is the most important thing and that means family and health.”
For the betterment of all parties involved, “The Hitman” should remain inactive.by