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Hatton/Urango Conference Call - Part II

MICHAEL HIRSLEY, CHICAGO TRIBUNE: It sounds like from some of the responses up to this point that youíre a little bit torn between staying at junior welterweight for the likes of this title fight and Castillo and perhaps the unification and moving up for the big names like Cotto and Mayweather. If you start thinking more seriously about welterweight, would you take a few tune-up fights or do you think you just need more time in training camp to get ready for a welterweight fight?

RICKY HATTON: I think Iíd just need more time in training camp really. I mean people when they go through the weight of it. You know, Iím a different build to what most people there. I think if I was a little bit on the taller side maybe it would be easier for me to go through the weight divisions, maybe something like a Tommy Hearns or an Oscar de la Hoya has been able to do, but with me being very short and stocky type frame it doesnít, Iím not really built to move up the weight divisions.. But I think, yeah, I havenít me back on the welterweight division but obviously to go from fighting at junior welterweight to Welter in seven weeks was a trial. It doesnít give you much time to bulk up. In fact more importantly it doesnít give you much time to do it correctly. You do things that are a little bit more rough. So no, I mean, these are a couple of big fights. I got that welterweight title and I havenít turned me back on the welterweight division, but yeah, Iíd just like I think I would perform better at welterweight given more time to grow into the division. And I think that makes perfect sense.

MICHAEL HIRSLEY: Well you really would want your fist fight, should you move up to welterweight, to be against one of those name fighters as opposed to taking some sort of a tune-up fight?

RICKY HATTON: No, I donít think Iíd want a tune-up fight. I mean obviously you know you need fights to get you motivated. So in order to get myself motivated I need challenges. And in any way, shape, or form am I losing the hunger side of me game but I mean the fact that Iím fighting Las Vegas for the first time is a massive incentive. Itís a massive incentive that Iím challenging somebody for their world title again, thatís another massive incentive. I think if I was given maybe an eight round maybe a ten round so I could tune up like you say to fight at welterweight. I donít think it would necessarily be the best thing for me. I would like to fight the best names in boxing. Thatís what Iíd like to do and as long as I have a training camp like Iíve had for this one, you know, plenty of time to prepare correctly, I think yeah, proper performance, you know because last time, I donít want to take anything away from Luis Collazoís performance against me, but I was training to fight Juan Lazcano and like seven weeks before all of a sudden there was a change, oh, right no youíll fight at welterweight now. Your diet changes, your weight training changes, I mean it was all a little bit rushed and when you go up in weight division to fight the world champion the last thing you want to do is rushing it.

MICHAEL HIRSLEY: Aside from Urango and this title fite and the possibility of Castillo, is there anyone else at junior welterweight that you look as a big enough name to make a big payday fight with you?

RICKY HATTON: There are some good names, there are some unification matches that can be made. Most people would have Jose Luis Castillo in their pound for pound top-ten ranking so thatís going to be a mega fight and thatís whatís given me the extra incentive to take the title from Juan Urango. But there are some good names down at junior welterweights though, and Iím just keeping all options open in both weight divisions. I havenít really, nothingís set in stone. I want to fight him, I want fight him. Ultimately my main goal depending on what Floyd Mayweather would like to do after the Oscar de la Hoya fight. I think that would be a main fight. It wouldnít be the best pound for pound in boxing but itís very hard really. If you start looking too far ahead in the future you can take your eye off the ball and Iím not going to do that with Juan Urango because if Iím not on me game, heíll beat me. But if I am on me game, I should beat him. So thatís what Iím focused on at the minute.

ROBERT MORALES, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: I have a couple of questions for Juan. Juan can you tell us a little bit about your life growing up in Colombia, what kind of life you had, a rough life, easy life?

JUAN URANGO: (Translation): I come from the country, hard working. Weíre working hard every day our countrymen, in a poor country, a pretty simple life. You are out there working hard every day. There are farms, cattle, horses. Real country.

ROBERT MORALES: How old were you when you moved to Florida? Is that pretty recent?

INTERPRETER: Itís going to be about four years now.

ROBERT MORALES: What does he think about the difference in the two lifestyles?

JUAN URANGO (Translation): I come from an area in Colombia which is like a country, country; rivers, farms, cattle, horses. You know, the real country type. Definitely Americaís a totally different place. Everything is advanced. There are all kinds of different opportunities, (more) than there are where I came from. And I thank God for giving me the opportunity to come to the United States and have a better future for me and my family.

ROBERT MORALES: Being that this is the biggest stage that you ever fought on, do you have more butterflies than usual?

JUAN URANGO (Translation): I donít. God hasnít given me a spiritual fear but of power dominate and love.

PAT SHEEHAN, THE SUN (UK): Weíve cleared up the thing about your elbow. Can you tell us what youíre missing first of all about the UK? I know it was your sonís birthday yesterday wasnít it?

RICKY HATTON: Yeah it was. Campbell, my little boy, it was his six birthday today. Every birthdayís special, but when your kids are about five and six years of age itís a wonderful time to go from not being a baby to like little people and it really would have been nice to spend the birthday with him but I spoke to him on the phone this morning and heís got loads of presents and everything. So yeah, I am very, very disappointed. I love my sons to bits but to the (inaudible) itís one of many sacrifices that I have to make for this fight. Obviously make me more determined to come there and do the job type thing. So yeah, I mean, apart from missing my son and my family Iím a very home from home type person as you know. But just looking out if you are going to box anywhere I think Las Vegas is the place to be. It really is an exciting and happening town and you got two exciting fights in the main events in a couple weeksí time.

PAT SHEEHAN: And whatís it like walking down The Strip seeing your name up in lights?

RICKY HATTON: Oh, itís fantastic. I never really had thought, you know from where I come from, boxing at the working manís clubs or social clubs in and around Manchester around the council estates to this. Itís unbelievable. And also, because I also know when my family comes over and my very close friends, my boyhood friends are going to walk down the strip and see my name up on the big screen and the flashing lights. Itís really quite emotional to be honest. And all these things involved make me more determined to put on a really good show.

PAT SHEEHAN: You got a bit choked up this morning?

RICKY HATTON: Yeah I did actually. Yeah, I did. Campbell said "Hi Dad, how is your training?" And just the sound of his voice, not necessarily what he said, just the sound of his voice does get you a little bit, does get you a little bit emotional. But Sheehan, coming off the phone with him I just want to go down the gym and hitting the punchbag hard Ė very hard. I love him to bits but I am out here to be called world champion again and hearing him from so many miles away has made me more determined to get the job done against Urango But no, I mean me and Campbell have plenty of good times when we get back and to be honest, Iím doing all this to give him a better life. So, yes it is sad, but thatís what makes the success all the sweeter when it does happen.

PAT SHEEHAN: Yes, because I understand that when you win a belt you had a miniature made for him didnít you, a copy?

RICKY HATTON: I did. Yeah, he got a little miniature baby belt for that (inaudible) had made for me. So yeah, itíd be nice if he could, even though I never really thought about, I forgot all about that. But Iím sure thereís no reason why I wonít be getting the belt. I could (inaudible). Heís very, very clever. He goes Iím very fortunate. I had one done at a miniature WBU one a miniature WBA one, a miniature IBF one. He goes through all the belts of that sport and thatís your belt and thatís my belt. So yeah, I mean, Iím way in the belts, but why not? He can have his own little belt as well with a bit of luck.

PAT SHEEHAN: And obviously, you know, Juan Urango has a terrific reputation as a power puncher, as his records shows. And you, yourself, are unbeaten at 41. Whatís the chance of this one going the distance?

RICKY HATTON: I mean, well, the way we fight you would like to think it, you probably think it wouldnít go the distance. Weíre both big punchers. We both go forward. We both go for the knockout. So in most cases you would expect it not to go the distance, but Urango and the fact that Iíve seen him. Heís very thick set, big shoulders, big neck and he looks like he can take a good punch, and likewise against (inaudible) certainly more so than any against (inaudible) is probably the most lethal puncher pound for pound. He didnít move me a great deal. So what we have weíre both built to take the punch as well. So it wonít be - it could be a knockout. Thereís every chance it might not go the distance, but because we have been built to take a punch, weíre short, stocky, good mix, good shoulders thereís every chance there could be a 12 round war. I do believe that Iím a lot more polished than Juan Urango, footwork, speed, boxing ability. Last few fights Iíve not been able to show that because style make fights. Maybe Iíll get a little bit more chance to show it in this fight. But one things for certain, Iíll begetting it on the front foot not on the back foot because thatís what people have become expecting from me and Juanís exciting style. And Iím not going to change it. But Iíve just got to be a little bit more polished I think. I give Urango all the respect he deserves.

PAT SHEEHAN: And what lessons, if any, can you take from Colazzo into the ring? Because this time after that fight that you were pretty surprised what difference, the weight difference did it make even though it was only half a stone?

RICKY HATTON: Yeah, I mean obviously Iím back down to junior welterweight and I believe categorically that nobody at 140 pounds is as strong as me but that doesnít mean that Iíve go to go in there and knock everyone out. The last fight was my first on HBO and me first fight topping the bill in the United States and obviously my main aim it to always go out there and put a show on for the fans. Maybe it did put a little bit more pressure on me shoulders to perform. But when you get top bill in Las Vegas, and when we get excited at the fact of putting on a big show in the boxing capital of the world, you know, probably the last fight was preparation for that. So Iíll want to go out there and put on a good performance and an exciting show. You know not to get too overwhelmed by the occasion. Donít let the occasion get to me. The last fight in Boston was a good preparation for this one I feel.

PAT SHEEHAN: If I could ask Juan a question now. What will it mean to you to become the first fighter to defeat Ricky Hatton?

JUAN URANGO: (Translation) Itís not just about boxing and beating Ricky Hatton, itís about giving God the glory and thanking him for giving me everything I have. And to for the whole world to know who I am and to gain everybodyís respect and all the fans so they know that heís here to stay and win.

PAT SHEEHAN: How would he win the fight? What is his game plan?

JUAN URANGO: (Translation) Iíve had a great training camp. Itís not about what people say or whatever I say, itís about what God wants. And if the knockout comes, the knockout comes. And I am ready, I am 100 percent and Iím coming to fight; coming to win.

TRAE THOMPSON, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM: Ricky you were speaking earlier just about the American fans wanted to see the real Ricky Hatton. What would that mean for you to become a household name here in the United States?

RICKY HATTON: Oh, thatís my next goal really. I mean over in Great Britain and the UK I donít think (inaudible) any popular but I want to be one of the few people, few fighters from Great Britain that have come over to the United States and have been as successful over here as he has been back home. And I think I started off the right way. Came over here, took the world welterweight title from Luis Collazo and then I hope to get the junior welterweight title from Juan Urango. I mean thatís (inaudible) and hopefully collecting two world titles in two weight divisions. So Iím going the right way about everything. The last fight was a wonderful fight to watch. If you were a boxing fan youíd have loved the Colazzo fight. And stars make fights, Juan Urango doesnít take a backwards step, I donít take a backwards step, weíre both going to go for the knockout. So I mean I think this one could be exciting. So itís a great, great fight and Iím jumping out of me skin, I just canít wait.

TRAE THOMPSON: Just a quick follow-up too. I mean the American fans really, theyíve been captivated by two big fighters, Oscar and Mike Tyson. Do you think that you possess some more qualities they have and why do you think theyíve been the only ones whoíve been larger than life just here in America?

RICKY HATTON: Well Mike Tyson just has a lot about him. Youíd probably pay money to watch Mike Tyson to just step in the ring. Heís so menacing and so frightening at that time and then more often than not the performance always match. Then Oscar de la Hoya youíve got a complete contrast really. I mean, you got this soft Welsh built, well built type fellow that doesnít have a bad thing to say about anybody. He says the right things, he respects all his opponents and thatís what people like to see. They like to see a good family man, they like to see a good feet firmly on the ground, which is the reputation that Oscar has in the United States. He has the reputation that I have in England. I know somewhat with Tyson you donít really know whatís going to happen next do you? He has his fellows side to him and then the gentle side also to him at times. When heís fighting heís so ferocious. Heís just got that little bit, I donít know, whatís the word Iím looking for, magic star dust around him that all the champions. You canít put your finger on it; you just tend to love it.

GARETH DAVIES, DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK): Ricky can I ask you, you were talking about Campbell just now, what do you, not obviously yourself and nephew have gone into professional boxing, when you were speaking about your son, I think itís fantastic that you present him with a belts when you come home with your belts, would you not to like see your son go into boxing. I know youíve got a history of football in your family. I mean did you play a lot of football as a junior. Would you prefer him not to box when he grows up?

RICKY HATTON: I think I would prefer him not to box. And that takes a lot of hard doing how well, how good boxing has been for me. If he wanted to go into boxing then I would have every confidence in giving him a backing because his talents and ability to say the least. Itís the greatest sport in the world; one on one combat. Yeah, it gives me a fantastic life, met some wonderful people, and some wonderful places, Las Vegas being one of them to top the bill. So it would be hard to say to Campbell, ďListen, I donít want you to do that.Ē Knowing how much joy and satisfaction is there that (inaudible) give me, but no father wants to see their son get punched. It baffles me at times how my mom and dad put up with it. At ring side every fight. Itís very strange how they actually, how they (inaudible) go through it because itís hard enough for the. I feel nervous when my brother Matthew fights let alone watching Campbell I think would be quite a frightening experience. But I mean I think every good parent should give it over this on the backing and get behind them whatever they want to do. But having him playing football for Manchester City or something like that Iíd much rather see him do that. But no, I mean, boxing been so good to me and if wants to do It I could not stop him. He would have 100 percent backing from me. Itís a wonderful sport. The problem is it made me give me the life it give me, I think itís made me the person I am today.

GARETH DAVIES: Finally Ricky, the 3000 British fans traveling over. There wasnít by any chance one coming over by the name of Johnny Vegas whoís going to lead you into the ring singing Show Me the Way to Amarillo is there?

RICKY HATTON: I donít think. I donít know whoís Johnny Vegas.

GARETH DAVIES: (Inaudible) as well isnít he? So

RICKY HATTON: Yeah, it would be, it would be fitting wouldnít it? I mean you know from the first time in Vegas, Johnny Vegas leading me out. In fact I think Las Vegas is larger than life and Johnnyís not far behind it is it, to be honest? It would be about. No, I mean, itís every fighters dream to top the bill in Las Vegas. I want to think, the majority of them are very close and theyíve been saving up for Las Vegas for the last maybe three or four years. Obviously they havenít got much money. They come from (inaudible) and stuff like that. So itís a big moment for me, itís a bit moment for them as well because itís not often you get one of your mates topping the bill in Las Vegas. So itís been a long time coming for me, my fans, my family and hopefully Iíll do them proud.

GARETH DAVIES: Could I just ask one quick question. Several people have asked in different guises over the last hour how Juan is going to beat Ricky. Can I ask a plain, simple question? What does Juan Urango see as the weaknesses in Ricky Hatton that he will have to exploit in order to beat him a week on Saturday? Could you answer the question directly please?

JUAN URANGO: (Translation) I respect Mr. Hatton greatly. I think that he is a great boxer. I have observed Mr. Hatton as being one boxer who likes to jump around a lot in the ring and that I will attack all aspects of Mr. Hattonís body and launch an attack in that fashion.

DAN RAFAEL: Hey Ricky, I have a quick one for you here. You mentioned a little bit earlier about the sacrifices that you made including being away from your son on his birthday. Iím wondering can you talk about what itís like to have to train over Christmas. I know you are a big family man and enjoy the holidays and enjoy the parties, itís got to be tough to train at that time, to give that sort of thing up. Was it for you?

RICKY HATTON: Yeah it was tough. But when I look at the incentives that is there for me, you know, topping the bill in Las Vegas and coming from that (inaudible) title into a regular (inaudible) be challenging for and hopefully winning a bit of world title. So itís a massive insight fight for me. So yeah, but needless to say Christmas was very, very hard for me. I love my pudding and I love a party and I love a good time. So, yeah, my sonís is six years of age today so itís, every Christmas is special for family. My sonís at a very good age now to enjoy Christmas so I was really sad to miss this Christmas out. But yeah, itís just another incentive to come out and do a job. I was sparring Christmas day. I was sparring New Yearís day, which some of you that know me, at Christmas time wouldnít be on my Father Christmas list by any stretch of the imagination. But no, I mean, this is what we do. Nobody loves a celebration and a party and certainly Christmas as much as me.

DAN RAFAEL: Can you ask Juan the same question about what itís like to sacrifice to train over the holidays, a time when most people want to kick back and spend it with their families, eating good food and go to a party or two. But heís getting ready for a big fight?

JUAN URANGO (Translation): Itís a huge sacrifice, especially during the holidays not being with the family. But my making the sacrifice ultimately is to better my family and my children. I have quite a few children and I makes this sacrifice on their behalf. So that for me it was just another day, Christmas day, but weíll celebrate Christmas and New Years when I return to my family after the fight.

DAN RAFAEL: How many children do you have?

JUAN URANGO (Translation): I have six children.

EDDIE GOLDMAN, SECONDSOUT RADIO: Ricky thereís been a lot of talk on this call about Mayweather, Cotto, and Castillo and moving up to welterweight in titles and all this, and of course fighting in America and exposure on HBO and all that kind of stuff. How are you avoiding overlooking Juan Urango because obviously heís the guy youíre going to be going up against one on one on January 20th?

RICKY HATTON: Yeah, well thatís the case, thatís always the case when you have a fight. Everybodyís talking about the future. But you just keep focused on the fight in front of you. Because itís one thing you know talking about fighting Mayweather and Collazo and Castillo and people like that. If I lose to Juan Urango on the 20th of January then I wonít be fighting any of them. And thatís quite as simple as that really. So itís very quite easy to keep your focus. Youíve got to try and use it to your advantage as well. Youíve got years of inspiration to try and get through this fight because you know that somebodyís home watching on the line. But obviously youíve got to be focused on Juan, because heís the one that matters. Because if you lose this one you lose the rest of them so itís quite easy to lose your focus. Particularly the British side who are coming over from Britain to tote in the United States and in Las Vegas for the first time. Thatís incentive in itself. And that means Iíve got to beat him, heís the world champion. I mean if you canít get motivated, you canít get yourself up for something like that then youíre a poor champion.

EDDIE GOLDMAN: Do you see his last fight with Ben Rabeh? Because Juan won the decision but there was a lot of controversy that day.

RICKY HATTON: Yeah, I mean Iíve watched the tape of it and of the fight and people were, you know, after watching the fight. People like Eli Spokes who were (inaudible) on the night and watched the fight live in person felt that the fight Urango won. And then everybody whoís watched the tape tends to think that he lost the fight. To be first very honest with you, it depends what style you go for from a (inaudible) point of view. He prefers to come forward and all that. I think that fight shows that one can be out boxed a little bit. Having said that thatís not necessarily my game really so, but I believe (inaudible) tacky and will very well show that. Iíve got a lot more in me armor than just to come forward, attacking body puncher, the pressure fighter that I am. Iíve got a lot, lot more to me game and watching the last fight of Ben Rabeh against Juan Urango showed that heís a very, very good fighter. But also it showed that stuff in my game that I could use in my game that can win this fight for me.

EDDIE GOLDMAN: I want to ask Juan a similar question. Rickyís fight with Luis Collazo, Ricky of course got the victory but there was a lot of controversy about that. Is there anything that you saw from that fight that you think you could use to your advantage when you fight him on the 20th?

JUAN URANGO (Translation): The Collazo style and Mr. Hatton styles are quite different. Mr. Collazo is more of a boxer that fights from the outside and very similar to his fight where people were viewing it and maybe saw an awkward fight on television that heís sure Mr. Hatton did an excellent performance deserving of the victory and that Collazoís a different fighter. And what he saw there was that unlike Collazo, heís not a Collazo-type fighter and that his style is different and that he didnít see anything thatís really helpful because itís two totally different fights and different styles.

EDDIE GOLDMAN: Does Juan think that he might be overlooked in all this talk in moving up to welterweight and Mayweather and Cotto and all that?

JUAN URANGO (Translation): I respect the fighters that have been mentioned. Theyíve been fighters that I have looked at as my peers and I feel that my day on January the 20th is the day that regardless of win or lose Iíll show (inaudible) and show people in the world that I am of the same caliber and one day very much as people are talking about people moving up to 147, thatís something thatís totally possible for me as well. Iím not upset that people are talking about other fights. I understand that thereís the sport of boxing and the business of boxing and I am involved in the sport of boxing and when thereís conversations about big fights thatís the business of boxing and I donít get involved in that aspect of the business. Iím more involved with the sport of it and making sure that I can be a great champion and one day I may rise to the ranks of 147 pounds myself. And I think I could accomplish that.

EDDIE GOLDMAN: Last thing first to Ricky and then Juan. Would you like to make a prediction for this fight?

RICKY HATTON: No, I donít make predictions. Funny enough I havenít made a prediction my whole career. There are enough pressures on fightersí shoulders to go out there and perform and you donít worsen it by making a prediction. Every fighter is different but thatís just me. But Ricky Hatton if fights the way Ricky Hatton can and the way I expect to and put into practice the way the training campís gone, going into the ring on January 20, I believe thereís only one winner. And thatís going to be me. But Iím not going to turn around and say Iím going to win by a knockout or itís going to be points or itís going to be. I just think itís going to be a hugely exciting fight against two warriors, two good fighters. We wear the hats and the sleeves and give no quarter. Style wise you know weíre both exciting to watch. It will be a fantastic fight and there ultimately thereíll be one champion at the end of it but weíll both come out of winners because of the type of fight I think it will be.

JUAN URANGO (Translation): I agree with Mr. Hatton. I respect the sport. I wouldnít want to make a prediction. When two men get into a ring anything can happen and itíd be almost disgraceful to stand here and say that he could predict the future. But you know of course I disagree that with Mr. Hattonís statement that heís going to win. I feel that I will win. But thatís the reaction that anyone will have. I want to put on a great show for all the fans and all folks around the world and in Britain that are looking at two warriors who are going to go out there show the world what they both have and thereíll be one victor. I think it will be me, of course. Thatís what I have been training for, making efforts for, and making sacrifices. But at the end of the day, weíll know after sometime after 8 p.m. on January the 20th.

SCOTT FYFE, SUNDAY POST (Scotland): I wanted to ask you about the Collazo fight and the sort of background stuff going on at that time with your former promoter; was it a thing that was kind of at the back of your mind or what kind of effect did it have in the buildup to that fight?

RICKY HATTON: It wasnít ideal obviously. If you remember after three weeks out with training because I went to

SCOTT FYFE: Court case, yeah.

RICKY HATTON: To court case in America to contest the court case with Souleymane Mbaye, which eventually got thrown out. That was right in the thick of me training camp. Then Lazcano pulled out in just (inaudible) in the seven week period I have to move up to welterweight. And for the champion straight away and Luis Collazo good fighter and a slick tricky southpaw. Yeah, the ongoing court thing with Frank Warren which has now been, was (inaudible) against (inaudible) is still in me gut. And my father unfortunately is still. So thatís as far as me moving on with my career itís damn site better than it was obviously because weíre done, dropping his court case. But heís still suing me father and if youíre suing me father you might as well be suing me as well. We are a very, very close family. But it wasnít ideal. Your first fight, top of the bill in America; there was a change in opponent. There was the things with my friend falling off a motor going on. Just all things considered it wasnít the best of preparation but it would be very disrespectful for me as a fighter to take that away from the Collazo. Heís a very underrated fighter and obviously I think he needs to fight Shane Mosley. Because Shane Mosley and (inaudible) weeks which he told me at the time he was the best kept secret in American boxing and that performance against me showed that and obviously on that performance heís got a fight against Shane Mosley which he certainly gave over all winnings. So, but yeah, things like that you can obviously do it. The buildup has been a whole lot better for this fight. Letís put it that way. I mean it couldnít get much worse to be honest.

SCOTT FYFE: You sound that youíre happy to see Collazo get that reward if you like for the performance he put up against you.

RICKY HATTON: Yeah, because heís good fighter. And he can fight where, before the Collazo fight everybody was talking it was already a foregone conclusion for the Brits. I watched the fight and I was getting feedback from my, you know the people over in America that will be me back in this and theyíre saying that ďRicky this, heís one of the best kept secrets, heís a real good fighter. You know donít listen to all this stuff what people are saying about him. Youíre going to have your hands full.Ē And thatís obviously what it proved really. So I mean what with the performance that he put on was a performance that everyone said he was capable of in the first place really. And it disappoints me a little bit that people are saying, itís a lot like going down the same lanes with Juan Urango. Because unlike Collazo, heís not, when you think of a point everybody tends to know that Mayweathers and the Collazos and the Castillos and the people like that. Just beat these guys that you donít know of every bit as dangerous and Collazo proved that and Iím sure Urango will prove that. Unbeatable champion, big puncher, so yeah, itís nice to see Collazo get his chance and itís a fight heís well capable of winning against Shane Mosley and obviously if he was to win it would be a huge plus for me and my performance in a lot better perspective. But at the end of the day Iím a junior welterweight and Shane Mosley is a junior middleweight moving down. So thereís a big difference in size there. So that could be the big key in the fight but certainly a fight Collazo is really capable of winning.

SCOTT FYFE: Final question, youíre a very honest man. You always have been. Hand and heart could imagine a situation like weíre in at the moment, okay, possibly only temporarily where you with a world title belt in the division and Junior Witter has one, unifying the title?

RICKY HATTON: Not really. Iím signed for a three fight deal with HBO and the way Junior has performed, heís light years away from getting one of them deals. Even though we may have a belt in the same division in the big picture it doesnít mean diddly really. You need to perform (inaudible) rather than. The fact that heís got a belt he can always turn around and say that heís a world champion. Itís a lifelong ambition he achieved and good luck to him. But again from my point of view from getting the fight on HBO, I havenít really bothered about the belts. Iím more bothered about who I fight. I want the biggest names.

Article posted on 12.01.2007



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