ER two-weight world champion boxer Ricky Hatton admits he will struggle to control his emotions when he returns to the ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko tomorrow.
The 34-year-old is back after a turbulent three-and-a-half year absence from the ring, dealing with depression and substance abuse.
“It will be a very emotional night for me,” said Hatton. “The ring walk is when you’ve got to hold your nerves together. It’s when you start thinking of your family and what you’ve been through to get to this point.”
Hatton last fought in 2009, when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in the second round. “This time I’ve got a few more things to think about: how I let everyone down, how I can redeem myself,” added Hatton. “All these things will go through my head and I’ve got to keep that tension inside and control it.”
Hatton, who has won 45 of 47 fights, admits he will be punished if he loses his composure at the Manchester Arena.
“In my two biggest fights, against Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather [who beat him in 2007], I messed up by being too aggressive, too over-eager, trying to jump all over them too quickly. I’ve got to channel all my fury and anger in a positive way.
“I can’t throw it at Senchenko like I did against Pacquiao, it’s got to be controlled, there has to be a game-plan.”