Hatton will receive licence

Hitman cleared to box by British board pending a medical

Last Updated: 14/09/12 5:34am

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Ricky Hatton: Cleared to return by the British board

Ricky Hatton: Cleared to return by the British board

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Ricky Hatton's comeback is on track after it was confirmed the former two-weight world champion would be granted a new boxing licence, subject to passing a medical.

The British Boxing Board of Control met with the 33-year-old on Wednesday and agreed to allow him to return to the ring, providing he proves he is fit to box.

"He's been granted the licence pending his medical. We've got some parts of it but there are a few parts to a medical. "
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Hatton has shed three stones in training this year and is expected to relaunch his career at a press conference on Friday, ending a three-year spell in retirement following his second-round knockout defeat to Manny Pacquiao.

BBBoC general secretary Robert Smith said: "I'm not a doctor but once we get the medicals in our doctors will look at them. If they are fine they will be signed off. That's all we're waiting for.

"He's been granted the licence pending his medical. We've got some parts of it but there are a few parts to a medical.

"We are just waiting for the rest of it and when we get the rest of it, I presume at the beginning of next week, we'll put it all together and our doctors will consider it."

Hatton was the subject of allegations of cocaine abuse two years ago but Smith says the Manchester-based boxer has cleaned up his act.

"He was very frank," Smith said. "He admitted things he had done wrong and was looking to put it behind him.

"He looked very well and spoke very well and is entitled to another opportunity, pending his medicals."

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