• Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko

Hatton makes weight and vows: I won't let fans down

ESPN staff
November 23, 2012
Ricky Hatton has been out of action for three years © PA Photos

Ricky Hatton tipped the scales at 10 stones, six pounds and 10 ounces (146lbs) on Friday ahead of his return to boxing against Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Hatton is making a comeback after a three-year spell in retirement, and he was greeted by raucous cheers from home fans ahead of this weekend's clash at the Manchester Arena.

Standing opposite the Brit on Saturday will be Senchenko, who matched Hatton's weight on the scales. It was the first time the media had got a good look at the pair side-by-side, after Senchenko missed Thursday's press conference.

The height advantage for the Ukrainian was noticeable and he will carry a five-inch reach superiority into the contest, but Hatton will come armed with home support, and he promised he would deliver a victory for those fans.

"You've done it again for me haven't you," Hatton said at the weigh-ins. "You've always been there for me. The support, the people who have paid for the tickets, the people who have stuck up for me in these three years that I've been away.

"I'm back now and I won't let you down on Saturday night. You watch."

Hatton has not fought since suffering a punishing loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009. By contrast, Senchenko fought as recently as April, although it did result in his only career defeat, losing to Paulie Malignaggi.

Victory for Hatton would propel the Brit towards a world title shot, but he has vowed to retire - for good - if he suffers another loss.

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