Price surprised by Hatton U-turn

Boxer Ricky Hatton gives a press conference after his recent U-turn on retirement
Boxer Ricky Hatton gives a press conference after his recent U-turn on retirement

Scarborough cruiserweight Danny Price is surprised by the boxing U-turn of Ricky Hatton.

Former light-welterweight and welterwight world champion Hatton is poised to step back out of retirement more than three years since his last bout.

Hatton made his decision to retire last year, but he is now scheduled for a return to the ring against an unnamed opponent in November.

Price said: “It happens a lot in boxing and I’m not really sure why.

“I suppose boxing is in every fighter’s blood, it is something they have been doing since the age of 12 or 13, so when it is taken away they have nothing else to do.

“Ricky has followed a lot of former boxers in doing it, another good example was George Foreman, who came back to win a world title.

“I hope it is a move that Ricky doesn’t regret because he was a great fighter in his day.

“If he comes back and struggles, produces a bad performance or loses then he will probably be remembered for that and not what he initially achieved.

“He has made a lot of money in his career, there is talk of between £30 and £60million, so it isn’t as though he has run out, it must be something else.”

Price is still relatively new to the professional game, but looking further down the line the former Westway amateur wouldn’t be keen on thoughts of a comeback from retirement.

“I hopefully have a decent amount of time left in my career, but I’m confident it isn’t something I’d look at doing after I retired,” he added.

“You stop boxing for a reason, either because you are too old or because you aren’t good enough anymore. I’m sure that making the decision to retire would be a long and hard one anyway.”

Price’s preparations ahead of next month’s fight with Martyn Grainger are now gathering pace.

He steps back into the ring at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 13 for his sixth professional fight.

Price added: “Sparring is going well. I had a session earlier in the week and it didn’t feel quite right, but since then I’ve been a lot more happy with it and I am feeling very confident.”