Campbell Hatton’s glitzy pro debut having been in five star yacht hotel all week is a world away from Dad Ricky’s start at the Kingsway Leisure Centre
- Campbell Hatton makes professional debut in Gibraltar on Saturday night
- His start could not be more different from that of his famous father, Ricky
- He said: ‘I was on at half midnight and the only people there were mum and dad’
- Campbell has been in the Matchroom bubble on a 5* yacht hotel all week
Chatting on the top deck of a luxury super-yacht in Gibraltar, it wasn’t lost on Campbell Hatton that the circumstances of his professional debut on Saturday are somewhat different to those in which his father started his own journey.
It’s been almost 24 years since Ricky Hatton made a post-midnight entrance to the ring at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes to fight a man coming off nine straight defeats. They were packing up the chairs by the time his first monetised punch landed on Colin McAuley.
The similarities with his son’s stationing on a pay-per-view undercard are almost non-existent, save for the level of opposition picked for the 20-year-old’s opening four-rounder.
Campbell Hatton is ready to make his professional debut in Gibraltar on Saturday
His famous father, Ricky (right), began his brilliant career in somewhat different surroundings
That being a Spanish lightweight named Jesus Ruiz, whose record of 10 defeats from 10 fights is notable only for the fact that nine of them went the distance.
Ruiz will offer durability and not much else beyond a launchpad to Campbell Hatton’s career, which is commencing to a significant level of attention.
Ricky Hatton noted as much in saying: ‘I certainly didn’t get a debut like this. I was on at half midnight and the only people there were my mum and dad. I can remember the cleaners and caretaker stacking the chairs while I am trying to fight. I wasn’t even on the poster.’
Campbell, who has been in the Matchroom bubble on a 5* yacht hotel all week, will carry the pressure of appearing on the undercard of the Dillian Whyte rematch with Alexander Povetkin. He has admitted to nerves, and his promoter Eddie Hearn has pointed to him being ‘very green – taking pictures of everything’, but his training has been thorough.
Hatton steps into the ring with plenty of expectation on his shoulders this weekend
Hatton Jr said: ‘For a debut I could not have asked for a better opportunity but I have also really put the work in.
‘I don’t know many people who would have done a 12-week camp for a four-rounder. So I am going to take this opportunity.
‘I am a bit nervous because there is a bit of pressure and there will be a lot of eyes on me but I am trying to use that to my advantage because I cannot afford to put in a bad performance.
‘I am feeling the spotlight, it isn’t something I have ever felt before and it is going to take a bit of getting used to.
Hatton admits that it will take him some time to get used to the media attention
‘But the boat and everything else is acting like a bit of a distraction and occupying my mind a bit, so it’s helpful and I am using it to my advantage.’
Hatton’s style has been compared to his father’s all-action, front-foot approach, though he stopped short of predicting a debut knockout.
He said: ‘I don’t feel like I have to make a statement but I do want to make a good first impression. Mainly I just want to make sure I don’t get carried away or too eager to please.’