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British boxing legend Ricky Hatton declared he wants a sparring session with Jake Paul but is less enticed by the prospect of facing Eddie Hall in the squared circle.
Hatton has rolled back the years by working hard to get himself into shape in his Manchester gym. The 43-year-old is training and preparing to fight against Marco Antonio Barrera in an exhibition bout on July 2.
His training base has become somewhat famous in the industry over the years, with the likes of Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders settling in during their respective pre-fight preparations. Hatton revealed he even has space for Jake Paul, the YouTuber-turned-prizefighter who has divided and antagonised much of the boxing world.
"I don't know if it's good for boxing, but I think we've all got to come around to the [new] way of thinking," Hatton told talkSPORT. "Our game, boxing, years ago we moaned there were too many belts and too many weight divisions.
"Now, it's mixed sports and mixed weights. I wouldn't want to spar with Eddie Hall for God's sake, but Jake Paul, I'd do a few rounds with that k***."
Hatton is one of Britain’s greatest boxers as he finished his career with a 45-3 record. Two losses came against icons Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, while he lost to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012.
Paul will fight for the sixth time in his professional career on August 6 when he headlines the card at the iconic Madison Square Garden in London. The controversial content creator is yet to reveal who his opponent will be, but he will be supported on the card by Amanda Serrano, who will defend her WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight world titles.
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Paul is currently in a training camp in Puerto Rico where he lives, and he is training for his next professional bout. Paul's last clash was a rematch with Tyron Woodley after Tommy Fury pulled out of their highly-anticipated grudge match, and the YouTuber knocked out the ex-UFC champion in stunning style after previously defeating him on points in August 2021.
The win added to other knockout triumphs over gamer 'AnEsonGib', ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren. However, Paul has received criticism for the calibre of opponents he has selected to face as he is yet to face a recognised boxer.
Paul is rumoured to be in talks to reschedule his fight with Fury and finally settle their long-running feud in the ring.
- Ricky Hatton
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