Being the son of one of the most admired boxers in England can’t be easy. The fighter was so popular that his fans would serenade him during bouts. He could fight, winning 45 of 48 matches and pieces of three world titles.

He came across like a guy you’d like to meet for a beer or two. [or three]

“There’s only one” Ricky Hatton retired in 2012. In America, he’s mostly remembered for being stopped by Floyd Mayweather and cold-cocked by Manny Pacquiao.

No matter, his popularity across the pond remains intact. Whenever his face appears at a big fight, a roar reverberates through the arena.

“The son,” Campbell Hatton, turned professional six months ago. Smaller than his papa, he won three fights in succession against opponents with losing records.

Hatton’s fights were moved up on the card to featured status. The kid had to be feeling the pressure. But could he fight? Not really. He looked OK at best. The same style as his daddy, but daddy could punch. Still, Campbell is only 20. He’s learning on the job, they said. They said a lot of things after his fights.

Campbell Hatton fought Saturday on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua – Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight championship fight.

Again, his bout was close to a semi-main. The sacrificial opponent chosen was one Sonni Martinez from Spain. Sonni’s record showed two up and four down. No knockouts. He had six days to prepare. A guy with more losses is usually easy picking.


Not Saturday night. You see, Martinez didn’t come to London to lose. He came to win – and he did, even though the decision went to Hatton. The fight was a six-rounder. Hatton started well, but Martinez soon took over. He moved and flicked out jabs and fired several uppercuts. Martinez was the busier fight and more accurate.

As I watched, I dreaded the predictable outcome. No way a Hatton could lose at home. He got the decision by a point.

I let out a four-letter word. Even the pro-Hatton crowd booed.

These kinds of robberies have existed in boxing for over a hundred years. It shouldn’t matter what your name is or who your father was. It sounds like class war fair. And in a way, it is.

What “should” matter is who deserved to win based on execution.

That’s easy, Sonni Martinez, but he goes home with his fifth loss while Hatton remains undefeated.

Yeah right.

So wrong.

Source: John J. Raspanti


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