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Hatton Sr wary of Lazcano threat

Ricky Hatton v Juan Lazcano, IBO light-welterweight title
Date: 24 May Time: From 2130 BST Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Coverage: Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport website


Ray and Carol Hatton
Ray and Carol Hatton saw their son's victory over Jose Luis Castillo

Ricky Hatton's father Ray says his son's latest opponent, Juan Lazcano, is a far tougher challenge than he is being given credit for.

The 33-year-old Mexican will fight Hatton at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday.

"He does come to fight. He's very dangerous," the Manchester boxer's father told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"A lot of the (American) pundits think that for his comeback fight he (Hatton) has picked too hard an opponent."

The Lazcano fight is Hatton's first since suffering the first defeat of his professional career to Floyd Mayweather last December.

His father says he would like the chance to avenge that 10th round knock-out.

"It is a possibility, they're (the Mayweather camp) very, very keen on it.

"Ricky has always said he would prefer to fight Floyd Mayweather again, on an even playing-field.

"If Mayweather beat him he would have to hold his hands up and say the better guy beat me."

I think Floyd would say I'm the champion at 147 and if you want me again, you're going to have to come up to me

Ray Hatton
Any rematch would be likely to take place at welterweight although Hatton is a natural light-welterweight.

The Mancunian has struggled in his previous two fights at the heavier weight, labouring to victory over Luis Collazo and losing to Mayweather.

"You wouldn't get Floyd to come down any less than 147," added Ray Hatton.

"I think Floyd would say I'm the champion at 147 and if you want me again, you're going to have to come up to me. I'm not going to come down to you."



see also
Hatton criticised for lifestyle
21 May 08 |  Boxing
Hatton wary of 'demons'
15 May 08 |  Boxing
Hatton puts fans before US cash
01 May 08 |  Boxing


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