RICKY HATTON is set to fight Marco Antonio Barrera in a highly anticipated comeback fight.
The Mike Tyson-style exhibition fight was set to take place in the UK to give fight fans the opportunity to bring the circus-like atmosphere to the latest iteration of the Hitman’s epic story.
Hatton, 43, last stepped foot in the ring in 2012 against Vyachelsav Senchenko, when he was stopped in a ninth-round KO.
That came three years after he lost to Manny Pacquiao and marked the end of a 48-fight pro career, which saw him win 45 and lose just three fights.
Baby-faced Assassin Barrera, 48, last fought in 2011, a TKO win over Jose Arias in Guardalajara.
The Mexican was beloved in his home country and competed in three weight classes, including batamweight, featherweight and lightweight.
Brit fight fans will remember him for losing to Amir Khan back in 2009, but he was also taken to task by Manny Pacquiao two years before that.
When will Hatton vs Barrera take place after it was postponed?
The massive clash will take place on Saturday, November 12 at the AO Arena.
Hatton vs Barrera was supposed to take place on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Manchester’s AO Arena.
But was been postponed because Hughie Fury – who was headlining a Sky Sports show at the same Manchester venue on the same night – fell ill, with his fight against Michael Hunter called off.
Ricky Hatton v Marco Antonio Barrera: Manchester boxer’s comeback to take place on 12 November
Ricky Hatton’s delayed comeback fight against Mexico’s former three-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera will take place on 12 November.
The exhibition bout against 48-year-old Barrera was due to be staged on 2 July at the AO Arena in Manchester.
However, an injury to Hughie Fury – who was fighting on the same bill – prompted broadcaster Sky Sports to postpone the event.
“We’ve all waited a long time for this fight,” said Hatton.
“I hope the fans can be a little bit more patient so we can be back with a bigger and better show.”
The July date would have seen British boxing legend Hatton, 43, return to the ring for the first time since his comeback fight against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012.
The Manchester boxer shed a staggering two-stone for the fight and sparred with his son Campbell, also professional boxer, in preparation.
“I wish Hughie a speedy recovery, but obviously I’m gutted as I have been training so hard for this fight,” added former unified light-welterweight world champion Hatton.
“I’m absolutely devastated. I got myself in great shape physically and mentally.
“But I’ll take a little break and be back fitter and stronger for the new date with the fans.”