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McCrory: Brook would destroy Ricky Hatton

ESPN staff
August 24, 2012

Former world cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory reckons Ricky Hatton risks ruining his legacy if he makes a comeback.

Hatton has shed a significant amount of weight in recent months, and reports suggest he is considering returning to the ring, just over a year after retiring from boxing - although his agent insists no decision has been made.

However, McCrory is adamant that Hatton, a former two-weight world champion, should not lace up his gloves again - especially not against Kell Brook, who defeated his brother Matthew earlier this year.

"If Hatton did return he could tarnish the legacy that he worked ever so hard to create, and be remembered more for a couple of poor showings in his mid-thirties than some of the great nights he produced, most notably against Kostya Tszyu," McCrory said in his Sky Sports column.

"Reports are suggesting that he could battle Paul Malignaggi - a man that 'The Hitman' defeated in November 2008 - but I wouldn't want Ricky to face anybody. And where else, apart from Malignaggi, could he go anyway? Would you put him with Kell Brook? No, because Kell would destroy him.

"I would really fear for Ricky's health if he came back as he has not been living the life of an active boxer, and kept himself in pristine shape since he retired. He has been living far less stringently than that."

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