RICKY HATTON has urged fans not to worry about his comeback fight against Marco Antonio Barrera.
The British boxing hero meets Mexican icon Barrera in an exhibition match on November 12 in Manchester.
It will be his first time back in the ring in ten years, but Hatton is reassuring fans worried about his health and safety.
He told Sky Sports: “My fighting days are behind me.
“The risk is very low. I think that’s what fight fans worry about when fighters make comebacks.
“They worry that their heroes will be hit or hurt. They don’t want the champions of yore getting beat up.
“That’s hardly possible at an exhibition.
“They’ve got the big gloves, fewer laps and there’s a two-professional understanding. It’s a celebration.”
44-year-old Hatton is one of the most famous fighters off the British coast, having lost just three times in 48 fights.
Two of those were against the greats Floyd Mayweather, now 45, and Manny Pacquiao, 43.
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But the last fight of his career came two years after losing to Pacquiao when he lost to Vyacheslav Senchenko, 45, in 2012.
Now, a decade later, he will return to the same Manchester arena where he was loved by fans.
Hatton said: “My ringwalks are always very special. The ring walk was the only thing I miss about boxing.
“For any boxer, the most nerve-wracking thing is getting out of the locker room and walking to the ring.
“When you retire, that’s the only thing you miss. That adrenaline rush, the roar of the crowd, that nervousness as you do your ring walk.
“This is the most nerve-wracking thing in any fighter’s pre-fight preparation.
“But when it’s gone, you miss it and I’ll get a chance to feel it again, so I can’t wait.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6602224/ricky-hatton-boxing-hurt-comeback-fight-marco-antonio-barrera/ Ricky Hatton, 44, is warning fans not to worry about the boxing hero getting injured in the comeback fight against Marco Antonio Barrera