Ricky Hatton: I’m backing Tyson Fury to win in the middle rounds this Saturday

Tyson Fury

Ricky Hatton, speaking to “Style wise, it might not be an odd choice of opponent but Tyson is a lot more versatile than people think. When he spars in the gym, he usually spars off the backfoot, he’s southpaw, he’s orthodox, he switching, he’s messing about, he’s talking to them, he can be a nightmare. But when he wants to be, he can really put it on an opponent. He can get really nasty and can absolutely destroy his sparring partners.

He doesn’t need me to tell him he needs to put a show on. He should still be able to hunt this guy down and knock him out in the middle rounds.”

Ricky Hatton: I’m proud of how Tyson Fury has channelled his demons of the past, but was worried he didn’t get the Wilder rematch

“I’m very proud of Tyson. There was part of me that thought they needed to get the Wilder fight while Tyson was on the straight and narrow, because he has had his problems in the past, but he seems like a totally changed man.

I thought they needed to get the fight because, sooner or later, he might go back to his old ways. But he hasn’t, he has been the total opposite. He is constantly on the straight and narrow now.”

Ricky Hatton: Tyson Fury asked me for advice going into the fight

“He asked me the length of time I went over for my Vegas fights. For the first one, I went over ten days before, but I felt it wasn’t enough. For the Pacquiao fight I went over for eight weeks and felt it was too long. So I said bang in the middle, about four to five weeks should be perfect.

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It’s a little bit at altitude, the air is very dry and you are expected to perform in that. I told him to stay out of the casinos, because originally I stayed at Caesars Palace for about two weeks and my nose set like concrete from all the air conditioning.

So he has got an apartment and instead of air conditioning he has bought a load of fans. It makes me feel proud when the lineal heavyweight champion of the world is asking me my opinion. He’s taken the advice and Ben Davison tells me things are going very well.”

Ricky Hatton: Tyson Fury deserves the chance to fight in Vegas

“I am so glad he got the opportunity to box in Las Vegas because it would have been a shame to have gone his whole career and not seen his name up in lights on the Las Vegas Strip, where all the greats have performed.

When you first see your name up in lights and on those billboards as you come in from the airport, the feeling is unbelievable. I’m sure that’s the same for Tyson. I think he is relishing it.

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After nearly three years out, he had two little comeback fights and then went straight in with Wilder, so he is probably entitled to more of a stepping stone fight.”

Ricky Hatton: Tyson Fury’s efforts against Wilder were superhuman

“Losing all that weight takes a lot out of your body. So to get up off the floor, as he did against Wilder, and carry on takes some doing. It’s Superman stuff.

It’s a shame he didn’t get the result, with what he had got up to outside the ring, losing the weight and having had so few rounds over such a long time, it would have been one of the greatest comebacks of all time.”

Ricky Hatton: Tyson needs someone with a bit of nastiness

“He could do with showing a bit more nastiness this time. In theory Tyson is better with people coming at him, but you have got to adapt to different styles.”

Ricky Hatton: Tyson Fury will have gained fans from Wilder fight

“With his performance against Wilder, he couldn’t really have gained any more fans, it was such a spectacular display and I think there will be a lot of interest in him. But he must show a little bit more devil, cut the ring down and put it on Schwarz. I think he will do. They don’t want a 12-round stinker; he just needs to show a bit more spite to impress the Vegas fans. I think he will do that.”