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Campbell Hatton looks ahead to pro-debut on Whyte vs Povetkin II card!

  • Publish Date: Posted 4 months ago
  • Author: Jamal Niaz

​​Twenty-year-old Campbell Hatton makes his debut this Saturday on Matchroom’s huge Whyte vs Povetkin 2 card and even though the Super-Featherweight will undoubtedly be compared to his much-loved father, Campbell has his heart set on standing on his own in the sport:


“Conor Benn is someone who is quite inspirational to myself because he’s been in the exact same position as me with the expectation on him because of who his dad is. He’s not always had it easy and he’s got through things and he’s got to a stage where he’s not thought of as Nigel Benn’s son, he’s his own person and that’s where I want to get to. I don’t think it’ll take me that long to do it, my style’s exciting and I do think people will take to it. I’m going to try and become my own man in the same way that Conor has”


Campbell will be cornered by Ricky and his Uncle, Matthew this weekend and both have enjoyed the brightest lights and the most hometown electric crowds, but Campbell’s entry into the professional ranks will be a bit different from those experiences, fighting in front of a limited audience in Gibraltar. Despite the loss of a Manchester debut, Campbell sees the positives in competing in front of a small crowd:


“Walking out in the Manchester Arena in front of 20,000 people cheering, you’re going to be eager to please and put a performance in. I’ve been told by a lot of people leading up to my debut to not worry too much about pleasing people and don’t try too hard to look good. Just go in there and do what you do and people will be impressed anyway, so I think the fact that there won’t be an arena full of screaming fans will mean I’ve got that bit more composure.”


Despite being so young, Campbell has already experienced the glitz and glamour of the sport, with a big reveal press conference at Anthony Joshua’s last fight, unveiling his signing with Eddie Hearn live on Sky Sports, and a plethora of interviews, adverts, and documentaries following since. Even though this exposure would seem daunting to many inexperienced fighters in Boxing, this is something that the 20-year-old is taking in his stride:


“I’ve always dealt with it quite well, even on my debut it’s on Whyte vs Povetkin 2 on Sky Box Office, but it’ll be the same again and I’ll take it in my stride. Don’t get me wrong I will get nervous, but I use it to my advantage. There’s that many eyes on me, I know I can’t freeze and it makes me want to work that little bit harder because I know I can’t be putting in any bad performances.”


Campbell also gave an insight into some of the fights he has witnessed both in the flesh and on the small screen that played a role in inspiring to pursue the sport as a full-time career:

“The fights I’ve seen live that I remember are the Crolla vs Linares fights because I was at both of them. The atmosphere at the Manchester Arena for those was something else and to headline there would be a dream come true for me. I watched Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton and that was the same sort of thing. On YouTube I’ve been back and watched my Dad vs Kosta Tszyu and Jamie Moore vs Matthew Macklin as well which were proper wars.”

Ricky Hatton was one of the most famous and beloved athletes to sport the well-known Morson cap and now Campbell is proud to follow in the footsteps of those that paved the way before him in the Manchester boxing circuit:

 “There’s been loads of local lads in the Manchester boxing scene who’ve represented Morson and my Dad’s always said when the time’s right and you want to turn pro, that Morson will look after me and that they’re really good to work with. I made up and glad to carry on the legacy”

Ricky Hatton told us what fans can expect from Campbell’s career earlier on this year:

“The minute fans see him fight they’ll love his style, the minute they see him do an interview they’ll love his attitude because that’s how me and his mum brought him up; to be confident and humble and proud of his roots. He doesn’t need much coaching because he’s a lot like me anyway, the Manchester fans will love him when they see him because there’s nothing fake about him and ultimately when the name goes he’ll be with his fists and he won’t be found wanting there either”

 Campbell fights Jesus Ruiz live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday night and we at Morson will be showing our full support!