KIRKHAM boxing prospect Adam Little has won a big boost to his fledgling career - from now on the unbeaten fighter will have a ‘Hit-Man’ in his corner.
Ricky Hatton, the former world champion, has taken over as Little’s trainer Hatton took out a trainer’s licence last month and the first fighter to team up with him is welterweight hopeful Little.
Hatton will be in Little’s corner for the first time when his protégé boxes at Oldham Sports Centre on November 12 against a selected opponent.
Former two-weight world champion Hatton said: “This is the biggest buzz I have had since my fighting days.
“When I was going through my depression I would nip off to the pub but I don’t want to now.
“I am looking forward to work every day and every evening I am sat up thinking what new things we can do in training.”
Little, 20, has won his first three professional contests and Hatton added: “I boxed to be the best in the world and nothing has changed now I’ve become a trainer.
“Adam is really talented and will get to the stage where he has several title belts wrapped around his waist.
“I’ve learned a lot from very good coaches over the years like Brian Hughes, Billy Graham, Floyd Mayweather Sr and Bob Shannon.
“I think I have come up with a great system and coupled with my enthusiasm believe I can be a success.”
Little was previously trained by Joe Penningto,n who encouraged the boxer to team up with Hatton at his state of the art Hyde gym.
Hatton added: “Joe who is a good friend of mine and he is happy with Adam joining me. I thank Joe for giving me a head start with Adam.
“Joe has done a wonderful job and hopefully I can just add to what he has already taught him.
“Adam is really talented, dead keen, comes up to us every afternoon and we have hit it off straight away.”
Manchester’s Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell tops the bill at Oldham, where the former European super-featherweight champion Stephen Foster Jr, unbeaten heavyweight Richard Towers, Tommy Stubbs, Kieran Farrell, Dezzie Higginson, Tom Shaw, Blackpool’s Tom Scott and Ryan Davies will all appear
Boxing starts at 6.15pm, with tickets priced £35, £55 and £75 (VIP ringside) available via 01925 755 222, 0844 847 2500 (Ticketmaster), 0844 888 9991 (Ticketone) or www.hattonboxing.com.
n FORMER WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has reportedly informed the British Boxing Board of Control he intends to retire.
The ‘Hayemaker’ always vowed to hang up his gloves by his 31st birthday, which falls this Thursday, but many had expected him to delay his retirement until after at least one more big fight.
The Londoner lost his WBA belt to WBO/IBF king Wladimir Klitschko in July but had been linked with a comeback bout against the Ukrainian champion’s brother Vitali, who holds the WBC title