Former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion believes Tyson Fury much use his boxing advantages over a dangerous Dillian Whyte in order to secure victory and a second defence of his world title. The popular British former boxer highlights the strengths of both men ahead of the world title fight in May at Wembley stadium and offers words of wisdom as well as caution for the WBC heavyweight world champion.
‘I think Tyson might have to go back to the old Tyson against Dillian, he doesn’t need me to tell him to do that, as far as speed, ability and movement go, Tyson is head & shoulders above Dillian’ – Ricky Hatton told BT Sport Boxing
‘The only chance Dillian has is if he clocks Tyson and the more Tyson stands there and trades like he’s done in his last two fight, the more chances he offers Dillian. Dillian will hit you and lay you out. I think if Dillian hits Tyson, I just wonder how often my old mate can keep getting up off his arse from these heavy, heavy knockdowns’
‘I think that he has to be a little bit more cautious and show Dillian the respect that he deserves because he can hit man. He’s got a good camp and excellent people advising him. I’m not saying he should go and run a mile to get away from Dillian because Tyson has proved that he can have it out with people but I just think he gives up all his advantages if he goes toe to toe with Dillian’
‘I think Dillian likes a toe to toe and he likes a slugfest. Tyson has many more, no disrespect to Dillian but he has so many more attributes in his hand. He’s got height, reach, he can go southpaw, he can go orthodox, he can stand back and box and use his defence and sit on the ropes’
Ricky Hatton has opened his gym doors for Tyson fury to trained and spar in the past, and they have clearly struck up a friendship over the years. But the Manchester man spoke in respectful terms when discussing the fight and Dillian Whyte’s strengths – this all adds to an interesting build up and mega domestic heavyweight fight in the UK this coming May.