“I Did the One Thing I Said All Week I Didn’t Want to Do”: Campbell Hatton Criticizes His Performance Against Jesus Ruiz

Published 03/28/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


The young-gun Campbell Hatton made a staggering pro-boxing debut in Gibraltar. In his first lightweight outing, the Brit overpowered his opponent, Jesus Ruiz, via PTS to register a sensational start to his career. As it was his first fight, Hatton was under tremendous pressure, but he somehow tackled the same to get his hand raised in the ring.

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In a post-fight-interview, Hatton reflected on his performance and gave his take on this enthralling win.

He said, “I am right now thinking back, it was just, there was a lot of pressure. And I did the one thing I said all week I didn’t want to do, and it was let the occasion get to me a bit. So now that first ones out the way, it can only get better now. So I am really pleased with it buzzing dream come true.”

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As the fight began, Campbell Hatton rushed into his opponent with quick shots to the face and body. He principally attacked Ruiz’s body and landed enough shots throughout those four rounds.

Ruiz exposed Hatton’s weak defense by landing some of his power shots right on his chin, but the latter displayed a champion mentality, and he kept the ball rolling constantly for 12 mins. In the end, the judges awarded the 20-year-old the win by a 40-36 score.

Hatton was under tremendous pressure as his father, Ricky Hatton, the former pro-boxer, was ringside for his first fight. He wanted to pull off a captivating win for his father, and he certainly did the same in style.

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Can Campbell Hatton trace a career similar to his father?

Ricky Hatton was among the most renowned faces of boxing a decade ago. He hung up his gloves with a stout record of 45 wins and 3 losses. Moreover, Ricky Hatton even fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather and more such bigwigs in his career.

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The ‘Hurricane’ is considerably young and is looking to trace a long pathway in the sport. That said, he will undeniably walk on a similar path as his father, as he will look to cement a legacy of his own.

He will now fight on May 1 against an opponent yet to be disclosed. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in his upcoming bouts.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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