It took only 48 hours to sell 18,000 tickets for Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight on November 24th, 2012.
Hatton has already expressed his gratitude for such a warm welcome back, and stated that people always need hope, and he believes that he could be just that. Say what you want, but that’s a lot of tickets to sell in such a short period of time. While most would find this figure irrelevant and in a way insignificant, in reality it carries a colossal meaning.
Hatton has had his share of bad press, and people remember him for his aggressive weight gain and drug abuse as much as they remember him for his boxing career. Coming back after such a destructive recent past is not only hard to do, but is also risky. Gaining the trust of an army of fans usually takes time, but for Hatton, is seems as thought they are already standing behind him in his decision to return to the ring and give boxing another go.
It’s hard to say what will happen with Hatton in the near future, but I have to admit, I always liked him and his style of fighting, thus I am very excited to see him return. Yes he is older and has had too long of a break, but you know what, I have seen crazier things in boxing. Look at Vitali Klitschko: he has had numerous surgeries, long lay-offs, and is certainly past the optimal age for boxing, yet he is still unstoppable in the ring. Can Hatton come back and climb the ladder back to the top? While I would not want to give a definite yes, I would also not dismiss the possibility.
Let’s see how the former champ looks inside the ring against his opponent come November 24th!