Hatton vs Senchenko Prediction

Written by Mark Havey at Nov 24, 2012 - 09:26AM ET in News
Tonight we will see the eagerly awaited return of Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton.

His opponent is the former WBA Welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko, a man who only lost his belt in April this year. It's a dangerous fight which is hard to predict. I'm going to give my thoughts on Hatton's potential strengths and weaknesses.

I have always been a big Hatton fan. And although I'm not really a fan of comebacks per se, I am super excited. There are a few things that worry me. Mainly the matter of the 3 year layoff. What does Hatton have left? The speed, power, fitness, reflexes and punch resistance, what is left? Deterioration is bound to pop up somewhere. 

And weight could be another dilemma. Ricky has lost a remarkable 70 lbs in a fairly short amount of time. Will this leave him weak at welterweight?

Hatton also has some things in his favour. Senchenko was stopped by Paulie Malignaggi, a relatively light hitter. You would have a hard time finding someone willing to accuse Ricky Hatton of light punching. I will say that Hatton also stopped Malignaggi, but that was a prime Ricky Hatton. The opponent is a good pick. Senchenko isn't excessively aggressive but doesn't run all night either. He isn't a thunderous puncher, but has a respectable record (32-1, KO's 21).

In short, Senschenko does everything good, but nothing great.

Prediction: I think Hatton will win. I have a feeling we will see a stoppage. My prediction: Ricky Hatton to win. KO round 8.


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