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Amir Khan vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko in April at the Manchester Arena?

According to TheSun, Amir Khan is looking to fight Ricky Hatton’s conqueror Vyacheslav Senchenko in April at the Manchester Arena.

Aren’t there any better fights for out there for Khan? As I understand, he is trying to rebuild his career after two consecutive losses, and wants to get back to the top of the rankings as soon as possible. It is one thing to fight for money (Khan is looking at earning about £500,000 if this fight materializes), and it is another to earn your fans back by fighting top competition.

I am not trying to say that Senchenko is a nobody, and that Khan will toy with the Ukrainian champion, but as far as credibility goes, there are other fights that would boos Khan’s career much higher than a victory over Senchenko.

It’s hard to say whether Khan will be facing Garcia anytime soon, but his team should certainly aim for that goal. Calling Garcia out, accepting an offer that may not be optimal or what he wants, and agreeing to any terms set by team Garcia is something that Khan needs to push for and let the media know of his intentions. This is a fight that should not be all that hard to push though, thus I blame the lack of effort and possibly even apprehension of either team.

If Khan fights Senchenko, there is only two things that will come of it: a good payday, and a waste of time.


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Vyacheslav Senchenko Is Sorry That He Had To Be The One To Send Hatton Into Ricky Retirement

“For me it is a little bit sad that I ended up being the fighter who forced Ricky Hatton to leave boxing for good. But it is his own decision. Ricky knows better than all of us, how he himself feels. I think that he is still a pretty solid guy and he showed, that he is still a formidable opponent with a big heart. But if he made the decision, we must all respect it. Hatton has always been a tough competitor, and will be remembered as a great warrior without a doubt,” said Vyacheslav Senchenko in a recent interview.

All fighters lose, and all champions fall sooner or later. Senchenko sent Hatton into retirement, and at the same time, maybe, it sent a messege to Hatton and his team that they are indeed done. What if the fight was close, would Hatton see that as a reason to give it another go? Possibly have a rematch?

The way I see it, is if Hatton had come out and dominated Senchenko, he would be ready to move forward, but anything else, even a close decision victory, would mean it is time to hang up the gloves and call it quits.

I am assuming we will be hearing something from Hatton or his representatives on what Ricky is planning for his future. It could be heavier promotional involvement, training, or who knows, maybe even acting. While the door to boxing has closed shut, there are still plenty open for the former British boxing sensation.


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Is This The End Of Ricky Hatton? Absolutely Not!

After his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko, ‘The Hitman’ stated that it was the end of Ricky Hatton. He concluded that it was his intention to see whether he was still competitive in the game and had what it takes to fight the way he used to, but alas this was not the case.

Hatton’s loss was disappointing not only to the millions of British fans, but to boxing fans across the world. With a record of 45-3-0, and with victories over such fighters as Kostya Tsazyu, Jose Luis Castillo, Juan Lazcano and Pauli Malignaggi, Hatton’s career is a sure success. With his exciting aggressive style, and his friendly and entertaining attitude outside of the ring, Hatton made it easy to love his character and become his loyal fan.

Losing to two of the best fighter of his time (Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao) is noting to be ashamed of, and truth be told, something to marvel about. Sure he lost both times, but the fact is, Hatton actually got the respect and the love to have the  opportunity to face them both, which many fighter will never have.

If you ask me, I think Hatton did everything right as far as his boxing career is concerned.

There is one thing that I would argue with him against though: I do not believe that this is the end of Ricky Hatton at all. It may be the end of Ricky Hatton the active fighter, but it certainly is far from being the end of days of fame and respect for the former champ.

While there are a ton of things (write an autobiography for example) he can dedicate his life to, one thing he will always have, and should certainly pursue, is his knowledge of boxing and his experience in its psychological dangers and demands.

In other words: Ricky Hatton should try becoming a full time boxing trainer. I know that he is a promoter, but it is not a natural choice for a warrior like him. I feel he has the fire and the drive to provide young champions with the necessary tools and confidence to go farther.

There is no end to Ricky Hatton, as long as he wants to be around. As far as us, the boxing fans, we will support Ricky in his ambitions, as long as he stays positive and healthy.


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