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Why return? Junior Witter questions Ricky Hatton as rumours of Manchester boxer’s comeback grow

By Mancunian Matters staff

Junior Witter, the man who consistently called out hero Ricky Hatton, is urging the Manchester boxer not to make a mistake by coming out of retirement.

The 33-year-old former world champion is expected to announce his decision to return to the ring – only weeks after his camp firmly denied the rumours with MM.

And British welterweight rival Witter claims that Hatton has nothing to prove by coming out of retirement and that his lifestyle choices will not allow him to stay fir for long.

“I don’t see what is in it for him,” he told the Daily Express. “You have to come back for a reason and I don’t see what the reason is.

“Ricky achieved what he did in a brilliant career, but he is not someone who likes to stay fit and in shape.

“He likes to go out for a beer. His lifestyle is just not suited to be a professional boxer and it is a mistake for him to come back.”

But despite claiming that Hatton should stay retired, Witter claimed the only reason he should come back is to fight him not Paulie Malignaggi – who Hatton is tipped to face in his return.

“He had a great career, did remarkably well out of it and should leave it at that, unless there is a purpose behind him coming back – like fighting me.

“We never boxed because Ricky never wanted it, even when I was the WBC world champion and he held the IBF and WBA belts.

“If he came back to fight me then I could see the point in it.”

And manager of Bolton boxer Amir Khan is also eager to tie up an encounter between the two Brits.

“It would be huge,” Asif Vali told the Daily Sport. “It could sell 100,000 at Wembley and everyone would want to see it.

“A fight between Ricky and Amir further down the line would be huge.

“While [Khan] and Ricky are good friends, he knows boxing is a business.”

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