This is more than a comeback! Hitman Hatton confirms November return to the ring with home fight at Manchester Arena
12:21 GMT, 14 September 2012
Ricky Hatton will fight at the Manchester Arena on November 24 after confirming his comeback at a press conference on Friday morning.
It will be Hatton's first fight since a brutal defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas three years ago.
The former two-weight world champion, who turns 34 next month, will take on an as yet unnamed opponent.
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Hatton has overcome drug and alcohol problems since hanging up the gloves and established his own promotions company which ran into problems in May when he lost his television deal with Sky.
He said: 'Why am I coming back It's been well documented what's happened to me since the last time I've been in a boxing ring.
'I've started looking after myself a bit better and getting fitter and that's how it started. I don't want to be fighting at four or six-round levels – I want to fight for world titles.
Put one on me! The Hitman will fight on November 24
Looking trim: Hatton has battled through drug and alcohol problems to be fit for the fight
'It's about more than money, this comeback. People say nice things about me but they don't know what's been going on in between my ears.'
Talking about the manner of the defeat against Pacquiao, Hatton explained: 'I didn't want my career to end that way.
'It put me into retirement, which I never wanted to do. The manner of that defeat put me into some things which have been well documented…my life turned to mush.
'I got back into promoting which I loved – but it didn't quite fill the void.
'I got a huge buzz getting opportunities for my fighters and I was in the gym every day of the week passing on the knowledge – but it didn't fill the gap.'
British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith revealed Hatton would be granted a new licence upon completion of a medical.
Look back at the six fights that shaped Hatton's career with our picture and video special
Lights out: Hatton was hammered by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009
Knockout: Pacquiao knocked Hatton down with a devastating blow in Las Vegas
RICKY HATTON FACTFILE
1978 – October 6: Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
1996 – Captures bronze medal at the World Amateur Championships.
1997 – September 11: Makes professional debut under the guidance of trainer Billy Graham and knocks out Colin McAuley in the first round at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes.
1999 – Claims first pro title with a second-round TKO win against Tommy Peacock for the vacant Central Area light-welterweight title.
2000 – October 21: Beats Jon Thaxton on points to win the British light-welterweight title.
2001 – March 26: Wins vacant 'fringe' WBU light-welterweight title with fourth-round stoppage of Tony Pep.
2002 – June 1: Suffers first knockdown of his career in opening round against Eamonn Magee, but battles back to win on points.
2005 – June 4: Shocks the world by beating Kostya Tszyu, considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, in Manchester, winning the IBF light-welterweight title.
November 26: Overcomes nasty cuts to beat Carlos Maussa and add WBA crown to his IBF title.
December 21: Becomes first British fighter to receive the prestigious Ring Magazine 'Fighter of the Year' award.
2006 – Moves up to welterweight division and labours to victory against Luis Collazo, claiming the WBA title.
December: Awarded MBE in New Year's Honours list.
2007 – January 20: Knocks out Jose Luis Castillo, retaining IBO belt and winning WBC international light-welterweight title, which was later vacated.
June: Hatton's team agree terms with the camp of Floyd Mayweather for a December 8 fight in Las Vegas.
December 8: Knocked out in the 10th round by Mayweather in the first defeat of his professional career.
2008 – May 24: Retains IBO light-welterweight title by securing a unanimous points verdict against Juan Lazcano in front of 55,000 supporters at Manchester City's Eastlands stadium.
July 29: Announces split from long-time trainer Billy Graham.
September 3: Announces he will be trained by Floyd Mayweather Snr for his November fight with Paulie Malignaggi.
November 22: Wins light-heavyweight bout with Malignaggi in Las Vegas after the American's corner retire him in the 11th round.
2009 – May 2: Hatton's reign as light-welterweight world champion comes to a brutal end as Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao delivers a stunning second-round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
August 11: Hatton confirms an all-British fight against Amir Khan is “a possibility”.
2010 – January 13: Hatton announces he will return to the ring in 2010.
September 13: A spokesman for Hatton confirms the fighter has entered a rehabilitation facility due to 'severe depressio' and a drink problem'. The announcement follows News of the World allegations of cocaine use by Hatton.
September 23: The British Boxing Board of Control announce they have withdrawn Hatton's boxer's licence.
2011 – July 7: Announces his retirement from boxing, more than two years after his defeat to Pacquiao.
2012 – September 14: Confirms at a press conference that he is to return to the ring, with a November 24 bout at the Manchester Arena against an as yet unnamed opponent.
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