The big hit-out...with the Hitman

Matty Askin, Brian Rose and Scott Cardle.

Matty Askin, Brian Rose and Scott Cardle.

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RING legend Ricky Hatton will put his much-discussed comeback on hold – just for a while – in Blackpool on Friday.

The popular Mancunian has announced that he is lacing up the gloves again to come out of retirement to face Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko at the MEN Arena on November 24.

But before that he has some important business to attend to outside the ring at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Friday night.

Hatton will be in the corner of Kirkham boxer Adam Little, who will be appearing on the Blackpool bill topped by Brian Rose’s clash with ‘Vicious’ Vivian Harris.

Even though he has announced his return to the ring, Hatton will continue to train Little, who remains unbeaten.

Hatton was at the G Casino in Blackpool’s Sandcastle complex to put Little through his paces in a public workout

Later, Hatton answered questions from fight fans about his comeback. Rose looked sharp and prepared as he took to the ring at G Casino with trainer Bobby Rimmer, including a session on the body-belt.

Rose is the British light-middleweight title holder but has put his bid to win the Lonsdale Belt outright on hold.

Also taking to the ring specially constructed for the workout was Blackpool cruiserweight Matty Askin.

He is due to fight Northampton’s Paul David on Friday, when he will have new trainer Mathew Ellis in his corner for the first time. Also on show was Lytham’s unbeaten boxer Scott Cardle, who will protect a 100 per cent record on Friday. He worked out under the guidance of his trainer Joe Gallagher.

The build-up to Friday’s big show continues on tomorrow, with a pre-fight head-to-head meeting between Rose and Harris at the Winter Gardens, which has seen some famous fights over the years. This promotion promises to follow in that rich tradition.

The weigh-in takes place on Thursday at 1pm in the Floral Hall of the Winter Gardens.