Billy Graham’s Gone but Hopefully Not Forgotten!

By Coach “K” - July 30th: After getting back on the winning track beating Juan Lazcano, although not his best performance, Ricky Hatton heads into his world title fight against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi in November with not only his loss to Mayweather on his mind, but the loss of his career long trainer Billy “The Preacher” Graham..

There are several versions of the split floating around. One started when the two returned after the Mayweather fight on separate planes and it continued all through the Lazcano camp. Graham put an end to all the speculation today saying he was retiring and his assistant, Lee Beard, is likely to train Hatton for the upcoming Malignaggi fight but he also said it was Ricky’s call. Graham wished Hatton the best and stated "It's not over between me and Ricky just because I'm not training him any more, I'll be there and I'll be urging him on. I just won't be in his corner that's the only difference."

I don’t think dropping Graham totally would be a good idea at this point Camp Hatton should use Graham in a different or lesser role. Adding a Mayweather Sr; an Emanuel Stewart or our pick John David Jackson could help the Hitman as long as they don’t change too much, too soon.

Don’t fix what’s not broken. Add a little defense, a little counter-punching, some ring generalship and let Ricky do what he does best, fight. He must be in that old Hatton / Kosta Tszyu type shape.

With the contrasting styles “The Hitman” will need to be in the best shape mentally and physically, because he may find himself chasing the “Magic Man” in a marathon all night and that’s where “The Preacher “ can still contribute!

Article posted on 01.08.2008

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