Cash in on Hatton
By @SkyBet_caseyja. Last Updated: November 23, 2012 4:44pm
Hatton: Pride is at stake for The Hitman ahead of his return to the ring
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.