Hatton feels Blackpool’s buzz

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Ricky Hatton says there’s a real buzz around Blackpool’s boxing scene.

The fight legend is in town tomorrow night as two of the Fylde coast’s hottest prospects take to the ring at the Winter Gardens.

Cruiserweight favourite Matty “The Assassin” Askin will make the first defence of his English title against Crayford’s Menay “The Emperor” Edwards.

While Kirkham’s Adam Little will star on the under card after 15 months out of the ring with a hand injury.

And Hatton, a two-weight boxing champion who won titles at light-welterweight and welterweight in his 48-fight career, feels Blackpool is the place to be.

“Blackpool has a bit of a boxing buzz about it at the minute,” he said.

“It went quiet over there for a little while, but now it’s back.

“You have Brian Rose with his world title shot and of course Matt Askin is the English Champion. I’ve been coming to Blackpool for years and have a lot of friends there.

“I’m bringing two of the lads who I promote and one that I train.”

Hatton has taken to training and promotion since retiring from the ring in 2012 and has Little and Askin under his wing.

South Shore based Askin is the reigning English cruiserweight champion and Hatton hopes a win tomorrow will set-up a shot at the British title.

Hatton said: “Matty has has ups and downs but he’s never let it dishearten him.

“He’s kept at it and he’s now performing better than he’s ever done. I’ve seen him in the gym with his new coach Michael Jennings who is full of experience.

“And he’s performing really well. I think he’s in for a tough fight, it will be a real 50-50 fight.

“If Matty defends his title tomorrow and impresses then I think his next fight could be for the British title.

“Hopefully Matty can come on top, get the title shot and secure that Lonsdale Belt which is most boxer’s dream.

“It was certainly my first dream.”

As for Little, tomorrow’s show brings to an end a frustrating 15 months after injury forced the fighter out of the ring.

But he’s back and Hatton feels people are in for a big shock.

“I think Adam will come back better than he’s ever done,” he said.

“He’s a real credit to himself, I’m so so proud of him.

“He’s had 15 months off and has seen all the other lads in the gym fighting and progressing.

“But he’s kept in the gym, kept in shape.

“The difference in him is sensational and I think everyone’s going to have their eyes opened to him tomorrow.”

Tickets are still available for the Winter Gardens events online at www.VIPBE.co.uk.