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Last Updated: Monday, 25 February 2008, 17:44 GMT
Hatton names date for homecoming
Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton says fans can ink 24 May into their diaries now
British boxer Ricky Hatton says his next fight will be on home soil in May.

Hatton, who will revert to his natural light-welterweight division, has not fought since losing to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in a welterweight bout.

"We're speaking to the City of Manchester Stadium and we're speaking to Wembley and are close to making a decision," Hatton told BBC Sport.

Hatton hinted that Mexico's Juan Lazcano, 32, would be his likely opponent for the 24 May fight.

"It would be nice to repay the fans as a way to say thank you to them for coming over to the States," added Hatton, who is still the IBO title holder at light welterweight.

"Vegas is like my second home and I will go back there.

I think Junior needs to fight a few more creditable opponents

Ricky Hatton

"But it was very disappointing the number of tickets the fans got for the December fight so I insisted on coming back home for my next fight.

Lazcano has not fought since losing to Vivian Harris in an eliminator for the WBC light-welterweight title in Vegas a year ago.

"Lazcano is a good fighter, we should have fought him before but he got injured," said Hatton, who has beaten just once in his 44 professional career bouts.

Junior Witter is not on the Hatton camp's four-man wish-list, which also features Ricardo Torres, Herman Ngoudjo and Kendall Holt.


Witter has regularly been touted as a possible opponent but Hatton feels the light-welterweight champion is not a big enough draw in America to be a credible option.

"I'll fight Junior Witter when I want to," said Hatton.

"I'm not saying I won't fight him. You can never say never but I'll fight him when I choose to.

"I think Junior needs to fight a few more creditable opponents because it's all about American television."

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