Cash in on Hatton

By @SkyBet_caseyja.   Last Updated: 23/11/12 4:44pm

  • Share:
Hatton: Pride is at stake for The Hitman ahead of his return to the ring

Hatton: Pride is at stake for The Hitman ahead of his return to the ring

Sky Bet

Ricky Hatton is odds-on for a comeback win when he returns to the ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko this Saturday, but not every punter is convinced by The Hitman's current credentials.

The Manchester boxer (11/4) has vowed to exhibit "the meanest and most ferocious Ricky Hatton you've ever seen" at his hometown arena, but in Senchenko he faces anything but an easy re-introduction to the welterweight division.

The Ukrainian, who boasts a 32-1 record with 21 by way of knockout, is considered good value at 3/1 to win the fight, so much so that Sky Bet has received over double the amount of wagers on the 35-year-old than home favourite Hatton.

That's likely to boil down to punters taking up the generous price, though, and if the Hitman is true to his word, he'll come out looking to end this one early, with the 34-year-old receiving plenty of backing to triumph in the first round at 14/1, while Sky Bet go 18/1 for him to win in the opening 60 seconds.

After three-and-a-half-years away from the ring, stamina is a real concern for Hatton, and if the home favourite fails to put things to bed early doors, Senchenko could take this fight over if he weathers an early storm.

The 35-year-old, who holds a 2.5 inch height advantage as well as a superior reach over Hatton, has never lost outside of his homeland, with his only defeat coming earlier this year against welterweight mainstay Paulie Malignaggi, who Hatton beat at 140lbs in 2008.

How Hatton reacts to his first proper glove to the chin in over three-and-a-half years could prove key. Should he start eating shots, The Hitman could well get taken out, and Sky Bet go 7/4 that there will be less than six rounds, a price that has proved popular ahead of the bout.

Of the Hatton believers, though, the money appears to be on a fifth round win at 12/1, but should the fight last the scheduled 10 rounds, it's difficult to see past the home crowd being denied a points win at 11/4.

  • Share:

Related

Hatton comeback

Ricky Hatton knows this really is the end, but is happy for it to be so

Time's up

Ricky Hatton is a 'happy man' after finally laying his demons to rest in defeat on Saturday night.

Ricky Hatton: Career over for Manchester fighter after comeback defeat

Hatton retires after defeat

Ricky Hatton has announced his retirement from professional boxing following his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Ricky Hatton is counted out in the ninth against Vyacheslav Senchenko

Hatton 'gutted' by defeat

Ricky Hatton initially refused to rule out prolonging his comeback despite his defeat to Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Garry's FL72 Review

Garry's FL72 Review

Garry Birtles has his say on manager vacancies at Leeds, Fulham and Cardiff plus Dele Alli's form.

Broncos buckled

Broncos buckled

The Seahawks' staying power, the Lions' defence and Tony Romo caught Neil Reynolds' eye...

On Ringside Special...

On Ringside Special...

We put Kellie Maloney under the spotlight in an honest, emotional and unique look at the big story.