British boxing icon and two-division former world champion Ricky Hatton’s 19-year-old son Campbell Hatton has penned a deal with Matchroom Boxing and is set for his professional debut in February 2021.
While his father reigned the welterweight and light welterweight weight divisions, Campbell fights in the super featherweight category. He will be receiving training under former world title challenger and uncle Matthew and will be managed by Ricky himself.
Right time for me to turn pro: Campbell Hatton to debut in February 2021
Slated to step inside the ring the next February, Campbell has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s company, which is a dream come true for the teenager.
“There’s no bigger platform in the world that I could be signed to, so I’m in a great position,” Campbell said in a press conference following the deal, “I can’t wait to get in there now, my goal is to be as busy as possible to start with, and to just keep learning and improving with each fight.”
As an amateur, Campbell has clinched two North West Titles and one National Novice Title and has already faced off with multiple national champions and international boxers.
Although he is currently a super-featherweight, Campbell aims to move up to the lightweight class in future.
“I think now is the right time for me to turn over to the pro ranks,” the pugilist went on, “because from a young age, I’ve always been told I have had a very professional style and that never did me any favours as an amateur, which has always made me eager to turn over.”
“Now I’ve got the experience behind me I’m in a position where I’m not just capable to do it, I can do it and impress people,” the youngster added.
Seeing his son following the same footsteps, Ricky couldn’t be any more glad.
“I’m extremely proud of Campbell turning professional,” the former unified light-welterweight champion of the world said, “He now has a massive platform with Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports. I don’t think he’s going to disappoint.
Even for Eddie Hearn, the hope is abundant.
“I had a meeting with Campbell and Ricky and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up,” the Matchroom chief asserted, “we have a chance to do something very special in Manchester here and we will do everything we can to guide Campbell the right way.”
Following the deal, Hearn took to Twitter to make the news official.
Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, who has won 45 fights in his career with 32 KOs while losing only three, is considered to be the greatest British light-welterweight boxer of all time by BoxRec and has even been named the Fighter of the Year by ESPN, The Ring magazine as well as the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2005.
Expectations are high on Campbell, and with his father hailing him to be a potential fan-favourite, while his promoter expects to “have some fun!”, its no wonder that the boxing fandom will see a future world champion in the young Briton as his professional career kick off in February.