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Ricky Hatton Shakes Off Arm Injury Suffered In Training

08.01.07 - Ricky Hatton has overcome an arm injury during training sessions for his January 20 Las Vegas debut and continues preparing for his HBO/SKY televised showdown with IBF Light Welterweight Champion Juan Urango. "Ricky lost four sessions of sparring because he damaged his arm," said father/manager Ray Hatton. "It's not ideal but we got through it because of Ricky going into the gym so early. His fitness is bang on and we thought instead of taking any chances we'd have a week off from punching and sparring..

"He just did his second spar session yesterday and it looks like we're on the other side of the injury now. We lost anywhere from 12 to 18 rounds of sparring but it can't be helped. This is boxing, it's a physical sport and you've just got to get on with it."

Despite the setback, the Hatton camp is taking things in stride. "Ricky has learned to live with this sort of thing, and it never plays on his mind, because the minute you start doing that, you start looking for every ache and pain you get," said Ray. "We've had all these problems before; you don't go through 41 fights without having bumps along the way.

"This isn't ideal but I can look back and say that the only preparation that went absolutely perfect for Ricky was when he fought Kostya Tszyu. We're very confident going into the Urango fight. I don't think Urango has been in with anyone who punches as hard as Ricky and I think it will be interesting to see what happens when he gets a few back. We know that this is going to be a great TV fight and we're really looking forward to fighting Urango."

Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy and Banner Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc., present Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Urango for the IBF Light Welterweight Championship of the world on January 20, 2007 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise live in the US starting at 10PM ET/7PM ET. SKY Box Office broadcasts live in the UK beginning at 22:00 GMT. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com


Ricky Hatton's Grand Media Arrival at Paris Las Vegas - Noon PT

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 7, 2006) -- The red carpet will be rolled out -- literally -- to welcome undefeated two-division world champion RICKY "HITMAN" HATTON for his media grand arrival at the Eiffel Tower in front of Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South), Tomorrow! Monday, January 8, at Noon PT. Hatton will be making his Las Vegas debut when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (17-0-1, 13 KOs), from Monteria, Colombia, Saturday, January 20 at Paris Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on "HBO World Championship Boxing," beginning at 10 P.M. ET / 7 P.M. PT.

Hatton (41-0, 30 KOs), from Manchester, England, defeated IBF jr. welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu and World Boxing Association super lightweight world champion Carlos Maussa in 2005, en route to becoming the consensus 2005 Fighter of the Year. In his most recent fight, in May, 2006, Ricky won the WBA welterweight world title with a victory against defending champion Luis Collazo. Ricky has now vacated the welterweight title to move back down to the jr. welterweight division on a mission to reclaim his former title.

The co-featured fight, also scheduled for 12 rounds, will match former two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion and current No. 1 ranked contender Jose Luis Castillo (54-7-1, 47 KOs), of Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, against No. 2 ranked Herman Ngoudjo (15-0, 9 KOs), of Montreal, Que., Canada, in a WBC super lightweight title elimination bout.

Article posted on 08.01.2007



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