Ricky Hatton was a very proud dad after watching son Campbell secure victory on his professional boxing debut.
The lightweight prospect fought for the first time on the Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin undercard in Gilbaltar, winning all four rounds against Spanish opponent Jesus Ruiz.
Throwing some of his father’s trademark body shots, Hatton impressed his trainer and uncle Matthew who was pleased his nephew was able to show glimpses of his potential on the big stage.
Rating his son’s performance, former two-weight champion Ricky was also impressed, insisting Campbell secured valuable experience against a durable opponent.
‘It’s a very proud night for me as a dad, very proud for the family,’ Hatton told Sky Sports Box Office.
‘I think Matthew summed it up, we just saw what he’s capable of. He’s only had a handful of amateur fights, he’s only been doing it few years and he’s only gone professional at 20 years of age.
‘It was a good learning fight, I thought the opponent was perfect, very durable, never been stopped and now he knows what it is all about.
‘Sometimes when he was outside pot-shotting and looking for the target I thought he showed what class he’s got a bit.
‘Sometimes he got a bit too involved, but that only comes with experience. He wasn’t even boxing five years ago. He’s come on a long way and there’s more to come.’
Hatton will return for his second professional fight on the Dereck Chisora vs Joseph Parker card on 8 May.
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