Kirkham boxing prospect Adam Little has split with his trainer Ricky Hatton.
The 23-year-old welterweight, who has won all 10 of his professional contests, has decided to end his association with the former world champion turned trainer-promoter.
The link-up began in a blaze of publicity, and Little was Hatton’s first ‘project’ in his new role as trainer.
However, Little and Hatton have now gone their separate ways.
Little described the decision to leave Hatton as ‘amicable’ but necessary for him to make the progress he wanted.
Little is to link up with Blackpool-based trainer Alan Levene, a former professional boxer himself.
The Kirkham fighter said it had been something he had been pondering for some time.
Little, who has only just returned to the ring after injury, said: “I felt it was the best move I could make at this stage of my career when I need to be progressing and not run the risk of stagnating.
“I hadn’t been happy with the way it had been going for some time, and we have parted on good terms and I am still in contact with Ricky.
“I have known Alan Levene for a long time, and I look forward to having his trust and Alan having mine.”
The decision by Little to move on means that he will not be boxing as scheduled on a show at Bolton next month.
He expects to be in action again in September, and is due to announce an important sponsorship deal soon as well as a fresh managerial tie-up.
Little’s last fight with Hatton in his corner was at Sheffield in April when he beat Kevin McCauley on points.