Although previously refusing to scrap his friend and fellow Brit, Amir “King” Khan is now willing to throw fists with former WBA welterweight and IBF light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton at some point in the future.
The 25-year-old Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, relinquished his WBA world light welterweight belt in July by suffering a brutal fourth round TKO loss to WBC light welterweight titlist “Swift” Danny Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Since being battered by Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs), “King Khan” has hired reigning Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year Virgil Hunter and is slated to fight substandard Mexican Carlos Molina on December 15 at a venue to be determined.
Meanwhile, Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs), awarded the 2005 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, recently announced he will return to the squared circle after a three year hiatus to battle Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24 at the Manchester Arena in England.
Hatton hung up his gloves after sustaining a vicious second round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
“It would make a lot of money – when you get the gloves on you forget your friendship,” said Hatton, 33, who has only been trumped professionally by “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Following the beating from Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), the famed bloke acknowledged abusing drugs and alcohol to combat suicidal thoughts and cope with his lagging career.
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 took 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.
Somewhat similarly, in terms of magnitude and coverage, Khan, who had worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach since 2008, became one of the most youthful British world champs ever at the age of 22.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Although Perron believes Hatton is shopworn, he predicts the rugged bloke would floor the glorified chandelier known as “King Khan.”
“Hatton is over the hill,” said Perron, 76, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “But, Khan is going backwards and a new trainer is not going to help him. Hatton takes too many punches. However, his roughhouse style may be too much for Khan and his weak chin.”
Jeff Lyons, who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of “The Sweet Science,” agrees with Perron and envisions Hatton earning a knockout over Khan.
“They should fight,” said Lyons, 32, a resident of South Boston. “It would be a big draw and they are both irrelevant. Khan’s more skilled than Hatton. But, he has no balls. On the other side, Hatton has decent skills and a ton of heart. I see Hatton winning by KO.”
Should the Englishmen ever sign to go to civil war, Amir Khan would lack the testicular fortitude to handle Ricky Hatton.
Hence, after an initially intriguing clash, “The Hitman” would ultimately knock “King Khan” onto Queer Street.by