Campbell Hatton believes keeping calm is the key to success in the ring, as the son of boxing legend Ricky revealed he wants to emulate his dad’s popularity but avoid the takeaways as he continues his fledgling journey.
Hatton Jr, 20, boasts an unblemished professional record of two wins and no defeats, with hopes high that the Mancunian can follow in the footsteps of his world champion father in becoming a household name in British boxing.
For the youngster, his two victories to date – both points decisions over Jesus Ruiz and Levi Dunn – have been contrasting in style.
Campbell Hatton believes that keeping calm is key to success in his fledgling boxing career
The 20-year-old has fought twice professionally as he sets about on a big career in the sport
Hatton Jr showed shades of his father’s uncompromising, come forward style against Ruiz and while his showing won praise from a legion of fans, the 20-year-old was left open to shots on the counter in Gibraltar.
His second contest against Dunn gave more of an indication of what is to come, with Hatton Jr displaying his silky smooth skills to put in an assured performance at a silent Manchester Arena. The 20-year-old told Sportsmail that a calm mindset was the key behind his second performance.
‘The main thing really is how much better I look when I am relaxed, composed and keeping my shape, things like that,’ he said.
Hatton Jr (left) is son of British boxing legend and fan-favourite Ricky Hatton (right)
‘I saw a big difference from my first to my second and it will hopefully be more of the same hopefully, that’s what I am after.
‘Going into my debut, with my dad and Matthew [Hatton, uncle and trainer] they’ve been there and done it they did say to me “you’ll be very nervous for your fight, just stay relaxed and stay calm”.
‘I knew myself before that I needed to stay cool but you do need to experience it yourself for it to really go in. All week I said I would keep calm and not let the occasion get to me but it is impossible until you’ve actually done it and second time around I felt loads better.’
Hatton Jr certainly has big boots to fill. Ricky, a two-weight world champion, enjoyed a hugely successful career and is remembered as one of the best-loved British boxers of all time with tens of thousands of fans travelling across the Atlantic to watch his fights.
His boxing debut in Gibraltar gave fans an insight of his no-nonsense style, but he got caught on occasion as the magnitude of the event played on his mind
Hatton Jr’s second fight saw a more assured display as he showed his classy technical skills
However, the 42-year-old endured his fair share of highs and lows, often ballooning in weight between fights owing to his love for booze and junk food.
Campbell, who bears an uncanny resemblance in appearance to his father and says he shares a similar love for a pint and a takeaway, would love to gain a similar following to Hatton Snr, but is under no illusions as to the strict discipline necessary to reach the top in the modern era.
‘The thing I would like to take from his career is the fanbase he had,’ Hatton Jr, who has recently signed a partnership with Superdry, added. ‘He had a really good connection with his fans and I don’t think anybody has done it since.
‘Everybody wants to be a popular fighter but I think it was a big motivation for him throughout his career. People were spending their hard earned money to go and watch him so it was a big motivator for him to train hard and put a show on for them, that’s something I would like to do as well.
The 20-year-old does not shy away from revealing his ambitions to emulate his father
Hatton Jr wants to garner the same adoration that saw fans travel across the world for Ricky
However, he wants to cut out the booze and takeaways that saw his dad’s weight balloon between fights
‘What I would do differently – and it is something my dad and Matt have drilled into me since I started boxing – is to look after myself a bit more between fights than he did.
‘I am very similar to my dad where between fights I like a takeaway and a drink every now and again but he’s shown the dangers of what can happen, so you’ve just got to be careful.’
Not many two-fight novices have the profile that Hatton Jr enjoys. The huge expectations of the Mancunian to go onto big things can have an unsettling effect on a fighter, but the youngster has the wise counsel of his uncle Matthew to turn to to keep him focused.
‘Matthew was in a similar position to me,’ Hatton Jr continued. ‘Being my dad’s brother there was a lot of expectation and a lot of eyes on him.
For now, Hatton Jr’s attention is fully focused on Polish fighter Jakub Laskowski tonight
‘He said his career took off when he decided not to put any pressure on himself, made sure he prepared to the best of his ability for each fight, put everything into the fight and what will be will be and go and enjoy things.
‘Since I’ve gone with the same mindset I have felt so much better where I am not worrying about anyone else I am doing the best I can and can get out with no regrets, enjoy things and I am happy with that.’
For now, though, attention is fully turned to the task at hand tonight. Hatton Jr takes on Jakub Laskowski of Poland at Matchroom’s Fight Camp, with the Pole holding a record of four wins and four defeats.
The 20-year-old is well aware of the task at hand, locking himself away in the fighter’s bubble in Brentwood. He has not kept up with the exploits of his friends representing Team GB in boxing this week, with his mind solely focused on his 25-year-old rival.
‘He hasn’t got a losing record, he’s won four and lost four so I think he will want to make it a winning record. I think he will be game and I am expecting him to throw the kitchen sink at it.’
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