McGinty On Hatton: ‘There’s No Better Man To Be Learning From’

One of the top boxers in the world, Ricky Hatton has faced and beaten some of the best. “The Hitman” retired in 2012 following a career that started in 1997. He formed Hatton Promotions in 2009, which is home to British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Martin Murray, as well as former WBA Bantamweight Champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

Hatton’s recent signings have been young prospects looking to make a name for themselves. 21-year-old Irishman Brett McGinty is one of them.

“Brett has a crowd-pleasing style, he’s very talented,” Hatton told Sky Sports. “The one thing that excites me the most is that as good as he is, I know there is so much more to come.”

McGinty (8-8 in the amateurs) was supposed to turn pro in March. His debut was delayed as a result of the coronavirus. The Saint Johnston resident is excited to learn from someone like Hatton, who treats his fighters like they were family.

“I was absolutely delighted to be teaming up with Ricky,” McGinty stated. “I’m looking forward to the start of what hopefully will be a successful journey. A wee bump in the road, with the first fight being cancelled, but hopefully we’ll be back on track again, sooner rather than later.”

Hatton is a former WBU Light-Welterweight Champion and defended the belt 15 times. He then beat Kostya Tszyu for the IBF, The Ring and lineal Light-Welterweight Titles in 2005. He made himself known when he beat Luis Collazo for the WBA Welterweight Title. His undefeated streak was broken after 43 wins at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in an exciting affair that will go down in the history books.

A silver medalist in the Commonwealth Youth Games, McGinty has a bright future ahead of him. Reflecting on the style of Hatton, which he believes could have similarities to his own, McGinty could end up using it towards his advantage.

“I would say there will be some parts of my style similar to Ricky’s,” McGinty went on to say. “He would even say that himself. He was an aggressive fighter, I’m an aggressive fighter.

“All throughout the amateurs, I was always a come-forward fighter. I was very rarely on the back foot. He was always trying to back opponents to the ropes and work to the body and that will be very similar to me, so there’s definitely similarities between the two of us and there’s no better man to be learning from.”

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