Campbell Hatton, son of Ricky Hatton has turned professional and signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
The 19-year-old is planning his debut at super-featherweight in February under the guidance of his uncle Matthew Hatton, a former world title challenger.
He will be managed by his father who left the sport as a two-weight world champion and Manchester megastar.
Ricky famously travelled to America to tussle with all-time greats Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, taking an iconic following of tens of thousands along with him.
Now he’s retired, the ‘Hitman’ understandably spends far less time in the limelight than he used to.
However, a new Hatton is now emerging who hopes to carry the family name into the next generation.
“It’s a dream come true to sign with Eddie and Matchroom,” said Campbell.
“There’s no bigger platform in the world that I could be signed to, so I’m in a great position.
“I can’t wait to get in there now, my goal is to be as busy as possible to start with, and to just keep learning and improving with each fight.
“I had always done bits in the gym with my dad and Matthew growing up, but I first started boxing properly when I was about 14.
“My grandad took me down to Northside ABC in Clayton and I loved it ever since.
“I had a handful of fights for them then moved to Roy Richardson’s Boxing Academy.
“In the amateurs I won a national bovice title and two north west titles.
“After winning the novices it was hard to get matched with fighters with a similar amount of fights so I ended up boxing a lot of national champions and international fighters which brought me on massively.
“I think now is the right time for me to turn over to the pro ranks because from a young age I’ve always been told I have had a very professional style and that never did me any favours as an amateur, which has always made me eager to turn over.
“Now I’ve got the experience behind me I’m in a position where I’m not just capable to do it, I can do it and impress people.
“I’m looking at starting out as a super-featherweight, but I think I’ll fill out to be a solid lightweight eventually.
“I’ve got a style that people will really take to, I’m very aggressive and have a high work rate and bang well to the body and I also like to think, box clever and pick my shots, but when the time is right I won’t shy away from a tear up.
“I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in with my dad being a former world champion and my uncle Matthew also being a world title challenger as well because their experience in the game is second to none.
“There aren’t many people who can say they have that sort of advice.
“Me and my dad get on really well. I think it’s because we are so similar, we have the same sense of humour, same interests and the same passion for boxing. It’s such a big part of both of our lives which makes us very lucky to be able to share that.”