BOXING: A Witter v Hatton match at long last?

Matthew Hatton
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JUNIOR WITTER has always wanted to fight a Hatton - and he could be forgiven for giving up hope of ever achieving that.

Witter, at 38, was in the last chance saloon against Colin Lynes but carved a win out to reclaim the British welterweight title last weekend. Now he could defend it against Ricky’s brother Matthew Hatton.

Although Ricky, in his hey-day, would have been the preferred option for the Ingle-trained fighter, he’ll never enter the ring again so his younger brother, who took a beating from Witter’s stablemate Kell Brook last time out, is a potential first defence, along with Frankie Gavin.

Trainer Dominic Ingle said: “I knew from the first round that Junior was going to win the fight and I honestly had him walking it by about 10 rounds. Wouldn’t it be great if we could drag Ricky out of retirement now? Because people forget but he’s still younger than Junior.

“His brother Matthew is strong, he’s fresh, he’s game and he gave a good account of himself against Kell. So why not?”

There is a tasty domestic welterweight bout on Brook’s undercard with the big-hitting former Lonsdale belt holder Lee Purdy fighting Chris Johnson. Ingle, though, doesn’t see the winner of that in line to face his man.

“I don’t think Purdy’s in the mix any more because he got beat easily by Colin, who Junior beat. Frankie Gavin is somebody we’re more likely to look at,” said Ingle.

“We want to get Junior some more money and to finish his career on a high. He’s not too keen on the training but nobody ever is.

“Junior has won all the belts he wanted to and he’s getting into the coaching and everything outside of boxing.”

Brook, 26, believes his friend and sparring partner Witter would do a job on Hatton but doesn’t plan on fighting at Witter’s age.

“I think Junior v Matthew would be a good fight because Junior has proven he’s still got it,” said Brook.

“When I’m Junior’s age I want to be a retired millionaire living somewhere nice and warm!”