Ricky Hatton determined to give Vyacheslav Senchenko a painful night
Last Updated: November 15, 2012 8:20am
Ricky Hatton: more than three years out of the ring
Ricky Hatton is ready to take out his frustrations on Vyacheslav Senchenko when he returns to a boxing ring for the first time in more than three-and-a-half years on November 24.
The 34-year-old former two-weight world champion will walk out before a sell-out Manchester Arena crowd for the 10-round welterweight contest - the scene of his defining night against Kostya Tszyu in June 2005.
Following a brutal two-round demolition under Manny Pacquiao's blurring fists in May 2009, Hatton sunk into a now well-documented depression where he struggled with drink, drugs, weight-gain, family turmoil and thoughts of suicide.
A gladly revitalised figure in near-peak condition greeted the assembled media for an open workout session at his hometown gym on Wednesday afternoon, but Hatton insists that - unfortunately for his 35-year-old Ukrainian foe - there is still plenty of the devil about him.
"I think he will feel the brunt of it. There's been a lot of problems. I've had a lot of family problems, several things that have added to my downfall, if you like, in that three-year period when I've been off. I'm going to throw it all at Senchenko on the night and that could be a painful night for him."
"I think he will feel the brunt of it," he said. "There's been a lot of problems.
"I've had a lot of family problems, several things that have added to my downfall, if you like, in that three-year period when I've been off. I'm going to throw it all at Senchenko on the night and that could be a painful night for him."
Hatton plans to turn back the clock for his army of fans in his home city.
"I'm a very aggressive fighter by nature and my fighting style is why the fans love me and why they turn out in their droves every time to find me," he added.
"It will be the same old Ricky Hatton, not changed but maybe tweaked a little bit here and there."
But Hatton is keen to point out this will not mean reverting to the gung-ho approach that saw him unravel against first Floyd Mayweather and then Pacquiao.
Senchenko was undefeated in 32 fights before being stopped on cuts in April to lose his WBA belt to Paulie Malignaggi - the brash American who, four years ago this month, was Hatton's last successful conquest in a record of 45 wins and two losses.
"It's got to be done in the right manner," said Hatton. "I can't go out there and fight with my face and with my emotions.
"It's all about sticking to the game plan that I've been working on with my trainer, Bob Shannon, for the past 12 weeks and channelling all that aggression in a positive manner.
"I think as you get a little bit older and wiser you just need to take your foot off the gas that little bit."
"Ultimately my aggressiveness got me in trouble against Manny Pacquiao, it got me in trouble against Mayweather - how many times do you have to get knocked out before the light switch goes on and you think 'I've got to slow it down a bit'?"