Monday, October 22, 2012
Catanzaro will watch Hatton ringside
By Michael Woods
Paul Malignaggi's advisor Anthony Catanzaro will be scouting the Hitman, Ricky Hatton, in his comeback tussle Nov. 24 against Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester, England. Hatton hung up the gloves after a May 2009 KO loss to Manny Pacquiao, but couldn't kick the jones. He will see, at age 34, what he has left, and Catanzaro will also assess, with an eye towards a Hatton-Malignaggi fight, quite possibly at the Barclays Center in early spring 2013.
"I'm going there just to get an overall feel about how Ricky looks in his first fight back," Catanzaro said, "and have a very observant eye on the fight. We are pretty sure he will be the same Ricky, style-wise, as far as pressure and all that, but when you are ringside you lave the liberty to look at things you may not necessarily catch watching on TV."
Hatton holds a TKO11 win over Malignaggi, when they faced off in Nov. 2008. That loss still burns Malignaggi, who feels he wasn't with the right trainer then, and wasn't boxing in the manner his skills and style dictate he should. Malignaggi won his WBA title from Senchenko in April in the Ukraine, so it will be interesting to see if Hatton looks as good as the New Yorker did on that night in April.