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Kell Brook will fight for world title or Amir Khan

Brook on brink of world title but Khan blockbuster looms large on horizon

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14:19 GMT, 21 October 2012

In stopping Hector Saldivia inside three punch-perfect rounds on Saturday, Kell Brook delivered on his promise to re-establish himself as Britain’s brightest boxing prospect.

Having come dangerously close to seeing his dream of winning a world title ripped from his grasp against Carson Jones in July, the Sheffield welterweight made no such mistake in front of a 7,000-strong home crowd.

Brook, 26, has now levered himself into the mandatory position to fight newly-crowned IBF champion Devon Alexander in the early part of 2013.

Early night: Kell Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round

Early night: Kell Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round

After flooring Saldivia in the opening round with a stiff uppercut, Brook completed his night’s work 28 seconds into the third session when the Argentine walked on to a thunderous jab.

‘It was easier than I thought it would be,’ he admitted. ‘This was the best prepared I’ve ever been for a fight.

‘In the dressing room, there was no doubt. I knew that if I lost, I would have been beaten by a monster.

‘Me and Dom [trainer Ingle] looked at the fight for the first time. I never look at tapes as people always fight differently when they get in the ring, but for this I did everything. I had everything down to a tee.’

Next up: Brook is the mandatory challenger to Devon Alexander (right)

Next up: Brook is the mandatory challenger to Devon Alexander (right)

But luring Alexander, who relieved Randall Bailey of his belt in New York hours after Brook’s triumph, to Yorkshire could prove a step too far.

Even if Sky dip their toes back into pay-per-view waters for the first time since David Haye’s defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, Missourian Alexander could instead opt to relinquish his belt for a far more lucrative re-match with WBO champion Timothy Bradley.

Either way, Brook will fight for a world title next year but there remains the tantalising prospect of a British blockbuster with bitter rival Amir Khan in the meantime.

Showdown: Brook could face Amir Khan in a British blockbuster next year

Showdown: Brook could face Amir Khan in a British blockbuster next year

The Manchester Arena, which hosts Ricky Hatton’s comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko next month, was mooted as a possible springtime venue if a suitable stadium can’t be found although this seemingly inevitable fight would have added lustre if there was a world title on the line.

The Bolton fighter returns to action against Carlos Molina on December 15 as he bids to get his career back on track following successive defeats.

‘Khan’s going to get schooled, Brook pledged. ‘He gives it the chat but when we get in the ring I’m going to be relentless and take him out.’

Kell Brook one win away from world title shot

On the verge of greatness: Brook knows he is one win away from world title shot

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16:39 GMT, 19 October 2012

Kell Brook will climb through the ropes at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night knowing he is a win away from a shot at a world title, just 14 months after quivering with nerves ahead of an innocuous bout at a leisure centre.

The 26-year-old self-styled 'Special One' was under the management of Eddie Hearn for the first time against Lovemore Ndou at Hillsborough Leisure Centre in June last year, and told his new promoter in the build-up that he did not know if he was up to it.

He would see off the Australian on points, though, and has since grown in both confidence and reputation, so much so that if he beats Hector Saldivia in what amounts to a semi-final for the IBF welterweight title tomorrow, he will be on the brink of ruling the world.

On the brink: Kell Brook and Hector Saldivia go head to head before they face each other on Saturday night

On the brink: Kell Brook and Hector Saldivia go head to head before they face each other on Saturday night

'Fourteen months ago, Kell Brook had his first fight with us, this will be his sixth,' said Matchroom Sport boss Hearn.

'We had a plan straight away to become a mandatory challenger for the title, that was all we wanted to do. We didn't want a small purse or to give away options. We wanted to control our own destiny.

'We started off at Hillsborough Leisure Centre against Lovemore Ndou and he (Brook) was shaking. He was asking me what I thought, whether he'd get a good reception. He sold out with eight weeks to go – people had said he couldn't sell a ticket.

'We went from there to Ponds Forge, then we took the ultimate gamble by moving to Sheffield Arena where we sold 10,000 against Matthew Hatton. We haven't taken a backwards step. People believe in Kell Brook, he's breaking records on Sky and he's a superstar in the making.'

Fully focused: Brook knows he is one win away from a world title shot

Fully focused: Brook knows he is one win away from a world title shot

Unfortunately for Brook, his last outing was anything but super. He clung on for dear life against the well-travelled Carson Jones, taking a majority decision that belied his broken nose and blood-stained shorts.

The close shave has proven to be a wake-up call for the unbeaten Brook, though, who has sculpted his body to new levels in order to preserve his 28(18)-0 record against Argentinean Saldivia.

With a crack at the title, which will be held by either Devon Alexander or Randall Bailey who also fight tomorrow night, on the line early next year as a reward, Brook has left nothing to chance in an intensive 12-week training camp and he admits that a new regime has sharpened his body and mind ahead of Saturday.

Fighting fit: Brook made the weight ahead of the Sheffield showdown

Fighting fit: Brook made the weight ahead of the Sheffield showdown

'I'm in the best shape I have ever been in. It's the best I have ever felt and the easiest I have made the weight. I'm feeling strong and I can't wait for Saturday night,' he told said

Brook had previously thought he was in tip-top condition, but added: 'It's a big eye-opener, you never stop learning and I have taken my body to places it's never been before.

'It's been crying in pain, not wanting to be there but it's had to go there because that's what I have been told to do. I'm now benefiting from the recovery, my heart rate is back down and everything is superb.'

Standing in front of him is 28-year-old Saldivia who himself has an enviable record of 41(32)-2.

'He's no easy pickings,' said Brook.

'He's earned his right to be ranked where he is, he's no walkover and is going to be very tough, you can tell he is and I am going to have my work cut out. I wouldn't want it any other way, I want to excite the fans and they are going to go home with a smile on their face.'

On a stellar card, Brook will be supported by fellow South Yorkshireman Jamie McDonnell, who is also going through the mill of an IBF title eliminator at Bantamweight.

The Doncaster man takes on late call-up Darwin Zamora, the Nicaraguan seconded after Vusi Malinga pulled out, while there is a tasty-looking all-British tear-up between Robin Reid and Kenny Anderson.

Former world champion Reid, now 41, and Anderson will face-off for the vacant British super-middleweight title.

Kell Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona"s Hand of God

Hand of Kell! Brook ready to punish Argentine Saldivia in final eliminator

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10:57 GMT, 16 October 2012

Kell Brook has promised to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986 by punishing Argentina's Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old hopes to take the final step towards a world title fight when he faces Saldivia in the IBF welterweight final eliminator.

And Brook has called on the Steel City to give him a helping hand during what he expects to be his toughest fight to date.

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Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Brook said: 'This is going to be the toughest fight of my career. Saldivia is a dangerous opponent and I really need my fans to get behind me. Their support can spur me on to that title shot.

'There’s a strong sporting rivalry between England and Argentina, and I’m going to do my bit to settle an old score. I hope the nation gets behind me this weekend.'

Brook will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 29 fights against Saldivia who boasts a record of 41 wins from 43 bouts, including 32 knockouts.

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

And the Sheffield man is calling on his supporters to send messages of support via Twitter using the hashtag #HandOfKell.

The most inspirational ones will be printed onto a limited edition set of gloves which will be awarded to the person who tweets the most inspirational message.

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Kell Brook targets Ricky Hatton showdown

Brook eyes British blockbuster against Hatton after snubbing Bradley showdown

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14:03 GMT, 25 September 2012

Kell Brook has paved the way for an all-British world title showdown with Ricky Hatton next year.

The Sheffield welterweight, who
faces Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on October 20 in the final eliminator
for the IBF world title, comprehensively outpointed Ricky's brother
Matthew in March.

Impressive: Kell Brook is unbeaten in 28 fights

Impressive: Kell Brook outpointed Ricky Hatton's brother Matthew

And with the senior Hatton making his comeback in Manchester in November, Brook admits he would jump at the chance to complete the double.

'I will be watching Ricky Hatton's comeback with great interest as a fight against him next year would be an absolute blockbuster for British boxing,' he said.

'When I fought his brother Matthew you could see that the Hatton name still means a lot in boxing and we would fill a big stadium fighting for a world title.'

Brook, who is unbeaten in 28 fights, also revealed he turned down the chance to fight Timothy Bradley for the American's WBO title.

Blockbuster: Brook wants Ricky Hatton showdown

Blockbuster: Brook wants Ricky Hatton showdown

Bradley won a contentious decision against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in June and was prepared to defend the belt against the Brit.

But the 26-year-old opted to continue his journey towards the IBF strap.

'The Bradley fight was put in front of me but I believe the mandatory position in the IBF is the right move,' Brook added.

'Eddie [Hearn] has worked hard to get me into this position and providing I beat Saldivia, I'll be fighting for a world title at the start of 2013 and it will be on my terms.

'I would love that to be in Sheffield too and I know Eddie would do his best to get it here as it would be an amazing event.'

Ricky Hatton seeks redemption as he confirms boxing return for November 24

'Haunted' Hatton seeks redemption: Pacquiao KO drives comeback as Hitman confirms November return

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21:57 GMT, 14 September 2012

If he walks like he talks then the second instalment of Ricky Hatton’s career might just prove more dramatic than the first. Then again, that is some 'if'.

To listen to the former two-weight world champion, to hear how memories of one brutal night pushed him to consider suicide, was to appreciate just how ‘torturous’ moments of the past three years have been since Manny Pacquiao left him unconscious and needing treatment in a Las Vegas ring.

That bout, in May 2009, was the catalyst to his not-so-revelatory announcement in Manchester that he was coming back as a welterweight on November 24 to take on ‘an international level fighter’ who has not yet been determined. ‘There are several names,’ he said. ‘I’ll be able to tell you who in a week or two.’

Ultimately, the enormously ambitious objective for a man three weeks from his 34th birthday is another world title. Hatton admitted he has already visualised domestic blockbusters with Amir Khan and Kell Brook, not to mention rematches with Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound kings of his generation who remain, to date, the only men to have beaten him.

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Back in the game: Ricky Hatton confirmed his return to the ring on Friday

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton confirmed his return to the ring on Friday

Say cheese: Hatton announced his return in his hometown of Manchester

Say cheese: Hatton announced his return in his hometown of Manchester

For their part, Khan’s representatives have already stated a willingness to make the fight.

But Hatton’s greater motivation, he says of an extraordinary decision that has drawn reactions from scepticism to ridicule, is not the titles; it’s the need for ‘a happy ending’ in a story that has seen him battle depression and issues with drugs and alcohol since he ‘blew’ his shot at Pacquiao.

‘It’s about redemption,’ Hatton said. ‘I have so many regrets about how it ended last time. Even if I lose, it’s better than sitting around wondering if I should come out of retirement, thinking about my regrets.’ Those regrets, and issues in his personal life, drove him to ‘literally consider suicide’. At one point it was a regular deliberation.

He talks of being ‘haunted’, partially by a fair belief that his 10-round defeat against Mayweather was poorly refereed, but mostly by recollections of how his preparation and fight against Pacquiao went so horribly wrong, culminating in a second-round knockout.

Put one on me! The Hitman will fight on November 24

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

Looking trim: Hatton has battled through drug and alcohol problems to be fit for the fight

‘Those are demons in your head, that
the two times I had the chance to be pound-for-pound No 1 in the world,
things got in the way,’ Hatton said. ‘That’ s haunted me for years.

‘With Pacquiao, it wasn’t just being
flattened in two, but it was knowing that I could have done something
about it. I was so overtrained (by Floyd Mayweather Snr, his trainer at
the time). Weeks earlier, before the fight, people were telling me to
take a week off. I had nothing left. I was even told I should pull out
of the fight. Super-featherweights were beating me up in sparring.’

He added: ‘I spent so long after the
fight on the couch at home crying about what went wrong. That stuff went
round my head non-stop, helped send me into that dark place. If you
could be in my head. Anyone who has had depression will know how hard it
is. I just couldn’t let go.’ Hatton attempted comebacks before but they
never stuck. This time, he explained, working as a promoter, then as a
trainer, helped rekindled his motivation. As it stands, he has lost
three stones and is now a muscular 11st 4lbs.

Fighting fit: Hatton says he is in the best shape he has ever been in 12 weeks before a fight

Fighting fit: Hatton says he is in the best shape he has ever been in 12 weeks before a fight

Fighting fit: Hatton says he is in the best shape he has ever been in 12 weeks before a fight

‘This is about redemption,’ Hatton
said. ‘I want people to say, “You know what, that Ricky Hatton, he boxed
in Vegas, he became two-weight world champion. His life turned to ****,
didn’t he blow it, but didn’t he come back well” That’s the story I
want. I want the world title but more than that I want to make people
proud again.’

Whether that is actually necessary seems to be beside the
point. What is in no doubt is the size of the task facing Hatton, who
claims he can be ‘better than ever’ despite all the anecdotal evidence
in boxing’s history that suggests otherwise.

A three-year break is long for any
fighter, not least one who would balloon three stone between fights and
who has always taken his share of punches. He was already showing signs
against Juan Lazcano in 2008 that his punch resistance was fading.

In that search for a title, it is
unlikely he could get anything out of Floyd Mayweather, the WBC
champion, and Timothy Bradley of the WBO is probably too good as well.

Paul Malignaggi, the WBA champion, is
better than he was in defeat against Hatton in 2008, but would pose
less of a threat to the Hitman’s health given how lightly he punches.
That would represent Hatton’s safest bet, though IBF holder Randall
Bailley would also tempt him.

It’s hard to see how Hatton would
beat any of those fighters at this point, but he is not lacking for
courage or confidence. As ever with Hatton, it will be fascinating to
see how it pans out.

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

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

Knockout: Pacquiao knocked Hatton down with a devastating blow in Las Vegas

RICKY HATTON FACTFILE

Ricky Hatton

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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Matthew Macklin"s fighting fit and ready to claim middleweight title shot with victory over Joachim Alcine

Macklin's fighting fit and ready to claim middleweight title shot with victory over Alcine

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18:42 GMT, 13 September 2012

One of Britain’s most under-rated boxers is heading for a date on a starry Saturday night here in the Nevada desert on a promise that he will be given another shot at one of boxing’s most cherished prizes if he turns on his ancestral Irish charm at full power.

Matthew Macklin, born in Birmingham of parents from the Emerald Isle, can expect to bid for the lineal world middleweight title if he defeats a former champion, Canada’s Joachim Alcine, in style.

Macklin was robbed by the home-town judges in Germany when he challenged Felix Sturm, another ex-holder of a middleweight belt, last year.

Robbed: Matthew Macklin (right) reacts after a controversial defeat to Felix Sturm

Robbed: Matthew Macklin (right) reacts after a controversial defeat to Felix Sturm

Now promoter Lou DiBella promises: ‘If he wins this one, and does so convincingly, Matthew will looking at another title bid. Perhaps against the winner of the biggest of all the fights here this weekend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr versus Sergio Martinez.’

To which Macklin responds: ‘Good enough for me. I won’t be satisfied until I have a world title belt wrapped around my waist.’

So many of boxing’s most dazzling lights are generating extra illumination along this neon strip that Macklin has been able to slip into town under the radar for the fight which will decide how soon, if ever, he gets that second tilt at his life-long ambition.

No fewer than six world title fights take place on two competing promotions less than two miles apart here – and on rival TV networks across America.

The most mouth-watering pits Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr, the son of the Mexican Legend who is now a WBC champion in his own right, against, Martinez, the matinee idol from Argentina who is nine years his elder.

Across town another precocious young Mexican, Saul Canelo Alvarez, defends his world super-welterweight title against California’s Josesito Lopez.

On the rise: Macklin could look forward to a title shot

On the rise: Macklin could look forward to a title shot

Both bills are packed with championship action but it is the one at the sold out Thomas and Mack Center – capacity 19,186 – which demands first Macklin’s presence, then his closest attention.

Macklin, who was beaten by Martinez earlier this year in New York, will be putting down his marker when he enters that ring.

DiBella says: ‘Beat Arcine and next it could be the winner of Sergio and Julio an hour or so later, or Daniel Geale who has just unified two of the middleweight belts by beating Sturm.

‘I will be looking to make that fight on the east coast – New York, Chicago or Boston – around St Patrick’s night next March so that the Irish come out to support Matthew.’

For Macklin, at 30, that is a huge incentive as he strives for that elusive world title before the years take the toll.

This likeable and articulate former British and world champion has a future as a TV analyst, but he is not ready for that just yet.

Macklin, having established a strong fan base in New York during a long stay there at the time of his fight with Martinez, has now set up a gym in Marbella ‘for myself and any other fighters who want the advantage of training in warm weather.’

Fan base: Macklin is popular in New York

Fan base: Macklin is popular in New York

He declares himself the fittest he has ever been in a highly respectable 28 wins, four defeats, 19 KOs career:

‘For once no injuries and a perfect training camp. Alcine is no slouch, either, with 33 including 19 KOs hallmarking his 36 fight record.

‘No fight which can lead you to a world title opportunity is easy,’ says Macklin. ‘But I’m ready.’

And despite his late stoppage by Martinez, he is still rooting for the Argentinian and therefore hopeful of a re-match with a 37-year-old who, remarkable specimen though he is, has to feel his age sometime.

Chavez-Martinez and Macklin-Arcine will be live from 2am Sunday in Britain on Primetime via Sky Channel 498 and Virgin on Demand, at 14.95

Alvarez-Lopes will be live from 2am Sunday on BoxNation via Sky Channel 437 and Virgin Channel 546.

Danny Garcia to fight Erik Morales to deny Amir Khan immediate re-match

Khan denied chance of immediate re-match as Garcia lines up Morales fight

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10:31 GMT, 23 August 2012

Amir Khan’s hopes of an immediate rematch with Danny Garcia have been dashed after the American agreed his own return fight with Erik Morales.

Khan’s career was dealt a stunning blow last month when he was stopped in the fourth round of his light-welterweight unification bout with the American.

The undefeated Garcia wrestled the WBC belt from Morales earlier this year and will lock horns with the veteran again on October 20 in Brooklyn, New York when the WBA title will also be on the line.

In a bad way: Amir Khan was sent to the crashing to the canvas by Danny Garcia in July

In a bad way: Amir Khan was sent to the crashing to the canvas by Danny Garcia in July

The Philadelphia fighter won the pair’s first clash by unanimous decision after flooring the Mexican in the penultimate round.

Khan, 25, had hoped for instant revenge after his second career defeat in Las Vegas, perhaps in England, but will now have to explore other options. The Brit is expected to return on December 15 and may yet move up a division if a suitable opponent can’t be found.

The card, the first at the new Barclays Center, will also feature Paulie Malignaggi’s first defence of his WBA welterweight title.

Moving on: Danny Garcia will fight Erik Morales in October

Moving on: Danny Garcia will fight Erik Morales in October

The New Yorker faces Mexcio’s Pablo Cesar Cano amid rumours of a prospective bout against Ricky Hatton who is set to make a comeback in November.

Ricky Hatton eyes dates for comeback

Hatton comeback edges closer as Hitman's management eye MEN Arena dates

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21:00 GMT, 22 August 2012

Ricky Hatton inched closer to a comeback as his promotion company made 'very tentative' bookings for Manchester’s MEN Arena for dates in November and January.

Hatton has shed a lot of weight and almost given up alcohol in the last three months.

But while he wants to erase the memory of a second-round knockout by Manny Paquico in his last fight before retirement three years ago, he is still wary of a return to the ring.

Comeback: Ricky Hatton is reportedly set to return to the ring in November

Comeback: Ricky Hatton is reportedly set to return to the ring in November

If he takes the plunge it will be against a journeyman opponent, definitely not former victim Paulie Malignaggi, who now holds a world welterweight title.

The 33-year-old former two-weight world champion announced his retirement last summer and struggled with a cocaine addiction, spiralling into depression.

Hatton has since recovered and established himself as a respected trainer and promoter but has always regretted the way his career ended on the canvas in Las Vegas.

WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi feels he has unfinished business with Hatton and is desperate to do himself justice second time round.

‘I’m hearing that Ricky Hatton is interested in a comeback and I’m hearing rumours that I’m the target of that comeback,' Malignaggi said last month.

‘I’ve had three rematches in my career and I’m 3-0 in those rematches.

Bitter end: Hatton's career came to a shuddering halt against Manny Pacquiao

Bitter end: Hatton's career came to a shuddering halt against Manny Pacquiao

‘In
our fight, he did very well. I’d like to think there are a lot of
things that I could have done better and I’d like to think that I’ve
made a lot of changes on my team that have really, really brought out
the best in me.

‘It’s a loss that I’ve had to live with. It’s a loss that hindered me and every day I think about that loss and it bothers me.

‘It’s unfortunate because I should have done much better.

‘The rematch is something that interests me. I have nothing but respect for Ricky, his fans and his family.

‘They were nothing but respectful to me during the entire promotion and I expect nothing less in the rematch.

‘I know that he wants to come back
and win a title to reclaim old glory but it’s my time now and I know I
can beat Ricky Hatton.’

Rematch: Hatton could face Paulie Malignaggi (left) for a second time

Rematch: Hatton could face Paulie Malignaggi (left) for a second time

Another option for Hatton could yet be Australian-based South African Lovemore Ndou.

The 41-year-old holds the WBF world welterweight title and said last week: 'Him (Hatton) and I have unfinished business.

'He chose to relinquish the (IBF world) title instead of fight me.'

Ndou drew with Hatton's brother Matthew in England in 2009 in a fight he was convinced he had won.

London 2012 Olympics: Errol Spence reinstated

Spence reinstated after AIBA overturn controversial Vikas defeat

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10:44 GMT, 4 August 2012

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Boxing's world governing body AIBA has upheld a second appeal in the Olympic boxing tournament and reinstated American welterweight Errol Spence at the expense of India's Krishan Vikas.

To widespread disbelief, Vikas was awarded a 13-11 verdict on Friday despite being dominated by Spence in the closing rounds. The result appeared to end US interest in the men's boxing tournament, with all nine of their fighters out.

However, AIBA, who on Wednesday overturned the result of the bantamweight fight between Satoshi Shimizu and Magomed Abdulhamidov after the Azeri was given the verdict despite being floored six times in the final round, also found in favour of Spence.

Knockout blow: Spence (blue) lost out to Vikas - but has been reinstated

Knockout blow: Spence (blue) lost out to Vikas – but has been reinstated

Following a US protest, AIBA's competition jury re-examined the bout and found that Vikas committed nine holding fouls, but was cautioned for only one of them by referee Lars Brovil of Denmark.

Vikas was also found to have spat out his gumshield intentionally during round two, for which he received no warning. As a result of these findings, the AIBA jury unanimously agreed that Brovil 'should have given at least two warnings to the Indian boxer'.

Although the findings concluded that Brovil's view was obstructed for the gumshield incident, it was also noted that the US fighter should have been awarded 'at least four points' – thus the score was altered to 15-13 in favour of Spence.

Spence had said: 'I thought I landed more shots than he did. I gave my everything in the ring so I am not going to hang my head down low today. There's nothing I can do about the decision.'

Controversy: Spence appealed his defeat

Controversy: Spence appealed his defeat

Spence can now guarantee a medal if he beats Russia's Andrey Zamkovoy in his next bout on Tuesday. Defeat would mean the US will for the first time fail to win a men's boxing medal at a Games for which they have entered at least one fighter.

AIBA's decision to overturn a second result is bound to raise questions over the competency of the officials. Ishanguly Meretnyyazov of Turkmenistan, who refereed the bout between Shimizu and Abdulhamidov, has been sent home, as has an Azeri technical official.

Commenting on the expulsions, AIBA president Dr Ching-kuo Wu said: 'I deeply regret that we have had to take these decisions. However, our main concern has been and will always be the protection of the integrity and fair play of our competitions.'

London 2012 Olympics Boxing: Fred Evans beats Egidijus Kavaliauskas after brilliant last round

Evans produces brilliant final round to beat Kavaliauskas as Selby also progresses

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European champions Andrew Selby and Fred Evans extended Great Britain's fine start to the Olympic boxing competition at ExCeL with last-16 victories in their respective flyweight and welterweight divisions.

The Welsh pair each stand one more win from a medal after confident performances, with Evans producing a fine last round to beat Egidijus Kavaliauskas 13-11 and Selby carving a 19-15 verdict over tough Kazakh Ilyas Suleimenov.

Selby said of Suleimenov: 'He was a really tough opponent but I was a bit faster that him. I would have liked to have gone in a bit quicker but I did what I had to do. I've sparred him before so I knew what he was going to do, and I got better as the fight went on.'

He's done it: Fred Evans reacts after defeating Lithuania's Egidijus Kavaliauska

He's done it: Fred Evans reacts after defeating Lithuania's Egidijus Kavaliauska

Selby had nudged ahead by a single point at the end of the third round, but countered superbly in the second to increase his lead to four. In a gruelling third, Selby was given a two-point warning for holding, but his accuracy deservedly saw him through.
The 22-year-old from Barry is renowned for being nervous in front of the television cameras but admitted his own nerves paled into insignificance compared with those of his mother Frances, who was present to watch her son for only the second time.
Selby added: “I used to get properly nervous but I'm better now as I've got used to it. My mum hates it. The only time she saw me before tonight, she had to keep going in and out. But I'm sure she was delighted with what happened.”

On the attack: Evans gets on top of Kavaliauska

On the attack: Evans gets on top of Kavaliauska

Earlier, Evans pulled out one of the best last rounds of his career to claim a dramatic revenge victory over Lithuanian puncher Kavaliauskas and move closer to realising his dream of an Olympic medal.
Evans and his opponent were locked together at 5-5 after two rounds of an absorbing contest, but a spectacular finish saw the Welshman start with a succession of scoring rights and charge home for a comfortable 11-7 win.
The win was doubly sweet for 21-year-old Evans, who had been knocked down and stopped by Kavaliauskas in last year's World Championships in Baku, in the bout immediately following his qualification for the Games.

Nearly there: Evans is one win away from a guaranteed medal

Nearly there: Evans is one win away from a guaranteed medal

Evans, who started in a much more composed fashion than his wild and woolly first-round win over Algeria's Ilyas Abbadi, said while that particular loss had not played on his mind, the danger posed by Kavaliauskas made him a good man to beat.
Evans said: “This was the main fight I wanted to get away but I didn't really think about what happened before. I knew I had the beating of him and that kind of pressure has never been an issue with me.
“Sunday was a big shock in terms of the atmosphere but I knew what to expect this time. If anything maybe I boxed too cagey in the first two rounds. Then I told myself I had to switch on and do what I had to do.
Joy and despair: Evans celebrates his win over Kavaliauska

Joy and despair: Evans celebrates his win over Kavaliauska

“Winning an Olympic medal has always been a dream of mine and now I'm one fight away from achieving it. I'm the youngest on our team and younger than most of my opponents too, and it just shows me how much talent I've got.”
Suddenly Evans, who came to the Games relatively under the radar, finds himself one of the hottest boxing tickets in town. He will also have to get used to being a big medal favourite when he takes on Canada's Custio Clayton on Tuesday with a guaranteed medal at stake.
Squeezing through: Andrew Selby of edged out Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan

Squeezing through: Andrew Selby of edged out Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan

Meanwhile, Olympic boxing humiliation was complete for the United States' men in London after last-16 defeats for Raushee Warren and Errol Spence left the country with no fighters left and no medals.

Flyweight third seed Warren lost 19-18 to Frenchman Nordine Oubaali in a nail-biting finish while Spence, a Dallas-based 22-year-old, went down at least with some spark against third-seeded Indian Krishan Vikas in the welterweight division.