As Matthew Hatton prepares to take on Mexican phenom Saul Alvarez this Saturday for the vacant WBC light middleweight title, we caught up with another fighter who knows what Matthew is going through, his brother and former welterweight champ Ricky Hatton. Here's what Ricky had to say:
On Matthew's decision to take the fight:
He's the underdog and he's moving up in weight. I told him, "Matthew you don't have to take this fight, you can carry on fighting at your weight." He said, "No, this is a world title fight. It's what I've always dreamed of." He accepted it in the blink of an eye.
On similarities between the two of them:
One thing you can say about myself and my brother is that we've never feared anyone. We're cut from the same cloth.
On how his brother has improved as a fighter:
He's a real success story. A couple of years ago he lost a few 6-rounders, drew one fight and got disqualified in another. Now, he won the European title. He's getting stronger all the time. His physique has changed as he matured. He looks the part now.
On what Matthew needs to do to win:
Alvarez is going to have the power and size advantages, so the speed would go to Matthew. He's got to punch in combinations. Alvarez likes to set himself before he punches; he tries to use his frame to his advantage. Matthew has to let the punches go as Alvarez is trying to set himself.
Matthew on points.
On whether he's considering a comeback:
No, I'm not contemplating a comeback right now. I'm only 32, so I may wake up one day and decide I want to go again. But who knows?
On what it would mean to see his brother win the title:
When I hung the gloves up I never thought the name Hatton would be in another title fight, but it is, and it's my little brother, and if he wins that world title I'll be equally proud as any world title I've won.
On who would win in a fight between the two of them:
We'd never fight. My mum wouldn't allow it.