|Ricky Hatton camp Labels Freddie Roach Story as "Absolute Nonsense" - Team Hatton Speaks
By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com (June 3, 2009)
Ironboxing.com Boxing websites and forums are buzzing with activity regarding trainer extraordinaire, Freddie Roach, and whom he may be training next.
In a story carried by Eastsideboxing.com, but originally posted on Ringtalk.com, James Slater writes that Manny Pacquaio’s trainer, Freddie Roach, is set to become the newest instructor for Manchester, England’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.
I spoke moments ago with Hatton’s manager, Paul Speak, on the matter and he said
“There is no truth in the rumor”.
Mr. Speak said that he was informed of the rumor this morning from a colleague named Craig Gibson. Gibson runs the official Ricky Hatton website and both thought the story should be corrected.
After talking with Paul Speak, I phoned Gareth Williams to confirm what Mr. Speak had told me.
Gareth Williams is the personal legal counsel to the former world champion, Ricky Hatton.
He empathically denied the tale of Roach training Hatton.
“This is just absolute nonsense. Whom are they attributing these resources
Furthermore, he (Williams) echoed what Speak informed me of, that the return of “The Hitman” has not been cemented.
“He certainly has not approached Freddie Roach to train him because he hasn’t made any decisions as to whether or not he is even going to continue to fight.”
As a matter of fact, according to Speak, Hatton is on a family vacation and won’t return until early next week.
But fight fans should not anticipate an announcement regarding Hatton’s future so quickly after his return from the holiday.
“He is going to take a lot of time, maybe some weeks, possibly months, to decide what he will and wants to do with his future,” said Speak.
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