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Ricky Hatton: ‘Boxing Can Learn Something from Mixed Martial Arts’


(Video courtesy of YouTube/FightHubTV)

FightHub TV caught up with former IBO and The Ring Magazine light welterweight boxing champ Ricky Hatton recently in the UK to get his take on MMA and according to “The Hitman” he’s come around in his opinion of the sport.

“At first mixed martial arts wasn’t seen as too popular, but more and more it’s getting bigger and bigger all the time. And the more and more yo look into it…at first I thought it was just people rollin’ about on the floor huggin’ each other, but that’s far from it. As it’s getting more popular, when you actually look into it scientifically there’s a lot more to it. It’s not just about standin’ there and usin’ your feet and usin’ your fists,” he explained. “It’s about gettin’ your opponent on the floor, puttin’ him in a certain move, which is a work of art in its own right. The more and more popular it’s gettin’ it’s not become just a part-time thing now. It’s a professional sport and I’m sure I speak for the mixed martial arts people as well as the boxing people in saying that these people — the nutritional people — are the best probably even more so than in boxing because it’s a lot more physical than boxing, isn’t it? I can say slowly but surely, the more I’ve watched it I’ve become a bit of a fan.”

Perhaps most surprising is Hatton’s assertion that “The Sweet Science” could stand to learn a thing or two from it’s distant cousin. Although he says he likely wouldn’t have tried his hand at the sport, he gives MMA and its fighters credit.

“I have enough to worry about looking at the fists without having to look at the feet, the elbows and the knees. No, I am a big fan. I was a very physical boxer, so something like that is right up my street and the more popular it gets [more people realize] these are professional athletes who work hard and dedicate themselves at it, so I tip my hat to them. I don’t think [MMA will eclipse boxing]. Boxing will always have its own audience and boxing is its [own] sport,” Hatton pointed out. “[MMA] is becoming [more] popular all the time. Certainly in the United States it’s becoming very popular, but I think there’s room for both sports. Boxing can learn a bit from mixed martial arts. You go there and they create [an amazing] atmosphere with the ring entrances and the music and everything like that. In this financial climate you’ve got to put something out there that sells. From that point of view boxing can learn something from mixed martial arts, but I think they’re always going to have their own fans — mixed martial arts and professional boxing.”

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Todd M- October 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm
@ MKO, Shit man that is fucking hilarious and true
ReX13- October 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm
MKO Says:


Hatton looks like most old lesbians


+1

then there's that chick he hooked up with...
mt59801- October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Alex Garcia would've been a beast in MMA. I haven't followed boxing in years so I don't know who I'd pick from the current fighters. No one from the new school of boxing has impressed me, sure they could kick my ass, but the last person who's style actually wowed me was pre-matrix Roy Jones.
MKO- October 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Hatton looks like most old lesbians
Me likey- October 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm
nice. i wonder how coked out hatton was when he gave this iterview.
my captcha was blumpkin and a picture of dolph lungren
RSparrow- October 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Swear to god
RSparrow- October 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm
I wonder if him and Liddell have ever shared keys. (My captcha was "and ectsty") Holy shit
O Chan- October 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm
Don't forget Irish Mickey Ward gives the props where props are due
Rear Naked Poke- October 4, 2011 at 11:56 am
Hatton, Cotto, Cintron, De la Hoya, all have said positive things about MMA. An out of all of them i think Cintron would be a gifted MMA artist
the glza- October 4, 2011 at 11:54 am
well this is refreshing: a boxer NOT being an idiot and buying into the false dichotomy narrative put out by boxing promoters.
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