By Mark Vester
During an interview with the Manchester Evening News, former two-division champion Nigel Benn gave praise to IBF junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton and said the young fighter has brought back the buzz to British boxing and deserves more respect from the British boxing fans.
On June 23, Hatton travels to Las Vegas to face Mexican rival Jose Luis Castillo in a very anticipated superfight.
"I am sad for Ricky, because he is a class act," said Benn. "He is one of the best body-punchers ever seen in this country, and I just wish we could see more of him. He's the kind of fighter that has that `wow' factor, that gets you on the edge of your seat. Castillo is the kind of fight he needs now, because his last two fights have not been the best. He went in with Juan Urango last time out in Vegas, and the guy was like a mini-Mike Tyson; muscles on his muscles. Ricky fought the right fight. He didn't have to mix it with someone like that, he just stayed out of the way and then bang-bang-bang, made sure he won the fight. It was smart, nothing else, like when he fought Ben Tackie in Manchester."
Because of his career defining win over Kostya Tszyu, Benn says that people expect Hatton to come out and give 5-star performances every single time.
Everyone expects him to produce every time. When you produce every time, you end up with a very short career. And Ricky knows his time will come to an end, maybe after another three or four fights," Benn said. "You will always get that. When he beat Tszyu people were singing his praises. Now he has two dodgy fights and it's the opposite."