• Welterweight

Matthew Hatton considering retirement

ESPN staff
September 2, 2013

European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton has admitted he is weighing up his boxing future following his defeat to Chris van Heerden in March.

Speaking to ESPN's Steve Bunce, the 32-year-old intimated his career might be coming to an end after losing a unanimous points decision to van Heerden in an IBO title bout in Johannesburg earlier this year.

Asked by Bunce when he might box again, Hatton said: "I was very disappointed after my last fight even though it was a tough place to go.

"Chris is a decent fighter but I expect so much of myself, and with all due respect to Chris, even though it was a tough assignment, I shouldn't be losing to fighters of that level so I've been thinking really hard and I'll make a decision really soon.

"I'm proud of what I've achieved in the ring. I was European Champion, I was undefeated. I've had three attempts at the world title now but I'm a realist.

"I always said that the day I didn't believe I'd be a world champion would be the day that I'll hang up my gloves and maybe that day is not too far away."

Hatton, the younger brother of former world champion Ricky, stands with a career record of 43-6-2, and believes he could use his experience in the sport to continue as a trainer.

"I love boxing, I've committed my whole life to boxing so it's always been my ambition to become a trainer one day," he said.

"I've been very fortunate to have been able to work with so many different world class trainers so I've been able to pick little pieces off everyone and I've also got my own ideas.

"If I retire and fall short of becoming a world champion, I'd like to take a fighter who wants to become a world champion so that's definitely a route I will take when I decide to hang up the gloves."

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