The Hitman is back in action tonight as all eyes turn to boxing as Bet365 release the latest Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko boxing odds as well as an up to date live streaming schedule.
Three years after his last fight, Ricky Hatton makes his hotly anticipated return to boxing on Saturday night as he takes on former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko at the MEN in Manchester.
The fight, which is being shown live on Pay per View channel 498 via Prime Time Sports, is generating plenty of betting interest and we have taken a look at all the major odds for the bout.
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Hatton is one of the sports golden boys and his return has been met with huge excitement around Britain, especially in the north of England where he is held in God-like status. His fight sold out within hours of the tickets going on sale, and even the relatively unknown Pay per View channel has reported significant interest in Hatton returning to the ring.
In his prime “The Hitman” won two world titles in two different weight classes. Memorable wins against Luis Collazo and Jose Luis Castillo live long in the memory of boxing fans but unfortunately so do gut wrenching defeats at the very top level to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
That Pacquiao defeat, especially, was brutal and that looked the end for Hatton, but after three years away, where he has battled with depression alcoholism and drugs, he is back in the ring.
Whether that is a wise move or not, will come more to light this weekend. He has been training for two months in preparation and looks in the same shape as when he retired, which is a telling sign that Hatton should be raring to go and on the money this weekend.
The money has also come for him in the betting rings, as he has been installed as a clear favourite to see of his Ukrainian opponent.
The 1/4 on offer from Bet365 for a Hatton win has been backed with confidence from all corners of the punting world and it seems as though the Hitman should have enough in the locker to win his comeback.
However, in Senchenko, Hatton faces a fighter who has lost just once in 33 fights and is a former world champion. At 33 years old Hatton will be losing some of his natural speed, and could be vulnerable to a durable, competent opponent such as Senchenko. The 11/4 with Paddy Power on a shock victory does make plenty of appeal.
One area of weakness that Hatton will be vulnerable too, will be his ability to last the 12 rounds. Three years without a competitive fight is a huge amount of time in boxing terms and Senchenko will be looking to stay close early on before outstaying the Hitman in the latter stages. It’s for this reason the 8/1 from Bet365 on the visitor winning by a decision in the Method Of Victory market could be of some interest to punters.
If Hatton does come out swinging and gets back into the same groove early on, Senchenko could be in for a short stint in the ring. The Manchester-based fighter is a high energy one and will be looking to get the job done early in front of a passionate home crowd.
With this in mind the 11/4 with Ladbrokes about Hatton forcing a stoppage in the opening rounds, between 1-5, looks a play for Hatton followers to have a play on.
On the undercard, Scott Quigg is fancied to see off Rendall Munroe in an intriguing WBA interim middleweight title fight. Quigg is the new kid on the block and should have the attacking punches to seriously worry Munroe. Even at odds as short as 1/2 with Ladbrokes, he looks well worth backing.