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Hatton 'to announce two-fight comeback'

ESPN staff
August 22, 2012

Speculation over a Ricky Hatton comeback continues to gather pace, with more details emerging on how he intends to reignite his ring career.

According to reports, Hatton will announce within a fortnight that he will make a two-fight return, starting against Paul Malignaggi in November.

Since returning to training recently, two-weight world champion Hatton has shed 34lbs and now feels in shape to face Malignaggi, who he defeated in 2008 via 11th-round stoppage.

The American, holder of the WBA welterweight title, has already confirmed he is willing to accept the contest.

Hatton retired in July 2011, more than two years after his most recent fight, a devastating second-round knockout defeat to Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

His record currently stands at 45-2 (32 KOs); the other loss came against Floyd Mayweather Jr in November 2007.

Since he was last in competitive ring action, he has been through personal turmoil, checking into The Priory during 2010 in order to undergo treatment for severe depression and excessive alcohol consumption.

However, Hatton's agent later denied that his client was planning a return to the ring, insisting that his improved appearance was simply the result of a change in lifestyle.

"People are speculating but he is just keeping fit and has not made any decision on a comeback. There's no story," Paul Speak told Sky Sports.

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