Hatton’s Garden Part One: 'The Hitman' chronicles his new life as a coach

‘The Hitman’ begins his exclusive new column by explaining why he made the move into coaching

By: Ricky Hatton

07 June 2012    |    0 Comments

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I remember when I knew my career was over. I flirted, messed about with the idea of a comeback, then I went on the pads with Bob Shannon and I spent time in the gym training; something that was once so easy – the dieting, the running – just wasn’t there anymore. I suppose it happens to every champion.

This realisation sent me into depression; I was thinking, ‘What’s life going to be like without boxing?’ The highs in my career were amazing but the lows may have been even bigger, to me. But I came out the other end and I was doing the promoting; I have a wonderful staff behind me. My job really is about picking opponents for my guys and deciding when to move a fighter on, but it’s not five days work a week and I had a lot of time on my hands. I needed to fill my days and what better way to do that than training?

I never looked back. All the knowledge I gained from Brian Hughes in the early years, then the likes of Billy Graham, Floyd Mayweather Snr and Bob Shannon recently, I’ve got a lot of knowledge to pass on. It’s the best move I could have made.

It sounds rich coming from me but I couldn’t have won four world titles in two weight divisions if I wasn’t dedicated; you’ve got to give your whole life to it, look after your body. I can pass on a lot of what I did well but I’m also more aware of the minuses: like not looking after your body in-between fights, ballooning in weight in-between fights. Boxing is the hardest game so don’t make it harder; for me, it was like a fight before my fight. I also work a lot more on defence with my fighters because I was aggressive and not always mindful of defence. I don’t want them to make the same mistakes I did.

I’m not a Sergeant Major, but if I’ve got to make them go and do their roadwork or make them stick to their diet, then they must have something seriously lacking. I’ll not beg you to be committed; you’ve got do it for yourself. I also have to feel something for my fighters, even all the ones I promote, we’ve got to have that bond. It can’t just be a working relationship. Having said that, while there’s a time to laugh and joke – you’ve got to because boxing training gets repetitious – there’s a time when you have to get down to business; I bring tears to their eyes sometimes!

You can say what you like about me as a fighter, but nobody trained harder; I was like a machine. With my guys, I try to vary between hard days and wind-down days. I have a great support team helping me out in nutritionist Samir Kiami, strength coach Rick Moylan and Mike Jackson, my assistant coach.

So that’s me. Next week I’ll start telling you about the really important people: the fighters, beginning with my first pupil, Adam Little.

Look out for Part Two of Ricky Hatton’s weekly blog next Thursday, exclusively on www.fightingfitmagazine.com.

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