RICKY HATTON believes his son Campbell could have a career as a professional boxer after lauding his exciting style.
The 41-year-old – who won world titles in the super-lightweight and welterweight divisions – insists his son still has plenty to learn in the amateur ranks.
Campbell Hatton harbours dreams of becoming a professional boxerCredit: Instagram
Campbell, 19, has been put through his paces by his dad during the coronavirus lockdown, with Hatton Sr sharing the footage on social media.
And all the training could pay off in the future with Hatton claiming he will more than hold his own as a professional.
But improvement is still needed as Campbell looks to grind out wins in the amateurs.
Speaking on The Gary Newbon Sports Show, the Hitman said: “I don’t think any dad had a better son, to be honest with you.
“He’s an absolute credit to me. I know he makes me proud every single day.
“As far as his boxing goes – I don’t want to put any more pressure on his shoulders than what he’s already got, but I think he might have half a chance.”
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The Manchester City fan then spoke of how Campbell has been fighting boxers that are more experienced than him, and are just edging out victories.
He then confirmed that Campbell’s intention is to enter the paid ranks, with Hatton proudly stating he boasts a similar style to him.
Hatton added: “I think he will go professional. I think he’d make a better professional than he would an amateur. He’s got a style like me.
“I’ve taught him in the Ricky Hatton mode – he changes angles and he pushes and shoves and he’s aggressive, which sometimes in the amateurs hasn’t helped him.
“He would make a better professional but he can’t [turn pro] until he learns a few more of the fundamentals and the subtleties.
The 19-year-old is regularly put through his paces by his legendary fatherCredit: Instagram
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Hatton believes his son’s exciting style will help him in the paid ranksCredit: Instagram
“I always say to Campbell, ‘I was like a bull in a china shop when I first turned professional and that’s why I got caught every five minutes. You’ve got to learn and tweak the style a little bit,’ that’s where he’s at.
‘He’s got a massively exciting style and the minute you open your mouth – he talks more rubbish than me to be honest!
“Personality, he’s got the whole thing. I think he might have half a chance but let’s just see how it goes.”
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