Campbell Hatton says 'every mistake is magnified' being son of Ricky

Campbell Hatton says ‘every mistake is magnified’ being the son of famous boxing father Ricky – and 21-year-old lightweight has his targets set on being a world champion in the future ahead of seventh pro fight on Conor Benn’s undercard this Saturday

  • Campbell Hatton is facing Lee Glover on the Conor Benn undercard on Saturday
  • Hatton has famous father Ricky in his corner and uncle Matthew as his trainer 
  • Campbell praises Benn’s advice and tells of why he joined Anthony Joshua’s management company
  • Watch the full interview on the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson page 
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Campbell Hatton admits there is a lot of pressure being the son of famous father Ricky as ‘every mistake is magnified’ in preparation for his seventh professional fight this Saturday. 

Hatton Jr, who has a 6-0 record since making his pro debut in March 2021, takes on Lee Glover on Saturday night at the MEN Arena, on the undercard of Conor Benn’s fight against Chris van Heerden.

Hatton, the 21-year-old son of former world light-welterweight champion and fan favourite Ricky, says there is added pressure which comes with the name but insists he is ‘thriving’ under it just over a year since turning pro. 

Campbell Hatton admits there is a lot of pressure being the son of famous father Ricky

Hatton Jr takes on Lee Glover on Saturday night at the MEN Arena on Conor Benn’s undercard

‘There’s a lot of expectation and interest on me that a lot of people don’t get at this stage of their career,’ Hatton told the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson.

Hatton Jr insists he is ‘thriving’ under the pressure of his name just over a year since turning pro.

‘I’m learning on the job like any other pro but I’m learning on the job with all these eyes on me, every mistake I make will be magnified. 

‘There is that added pressure but now I’m getting used to it a bit more, I’m starting to thrive under it a little bit more where I know I can’t really make these mistakes… 

‘So I just work that little bit harder in the gym and I know that everything’s spot on or as much as I can.’

Campbell’s uncle Matthew – the brother of Ricky – is also his trainer but the youngster explains how the trio get the balance right.

‘We’ve got the balance spot on now really where he has his advice and his input and it’d be silly not to take it on board, we go down to the gym and we do sparring with some of his fighters and he’ll give his input there. 

‘Getting the best of both worlds really, training with Matt full-time but still getting the advice off my Dad as well. I’m in a great position.’ 

Hatton – who recently joined Anthony Joshua’s 258 management company – controversially beat Sonni Martinez on Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk’s undercard in September, winning 58-57 on points. 

Hatton controversially beat Sonni Martinez on Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk’s undercard 

Yet he is already looking forward and when asked about his long-term goals said he believes he can reach the very top of the sport, just like his Dad. 

‘I’m capable with my work ethic and my dedication that eventually I’ll get to the top level and win a world title,’ he adds. 

‘They’ll be people who’ll disagree but I’m only 21 years old and improving all the time and I think Conor Benn is a prime example – a few years ago people would have given him no chance at the top level. 

‘But he’s stayed in the gym and now he’s reaping the rewards, he’s borderline top level now, he’s a proper world class contender and I think I’ve got to follow a similar path, work hard, stick it out, stay true to my training and eventually we’ll get there.’

Hatton praised Conor Benn for the advice he has passed down and during a training camp

Hatton also praised Benn – also a son of a famous fighter in Nigel – for the advice he has passed down. 

‘Conor’s done a lot for me in my career. I stayed in Essex with him for a few days not long ago where I did a bit of training with him, bit of running, went down to Tony Sims’ gym, sparred Joe Cordina.

‘He’s done a lot for my career because he’s one of the only people who’s in the same position as me. He’s come out the other side and he’s been up against people writing him off early but he’s persevered been resilient and has come out the other side.’ 

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