Hatton: Anto Upton begged for another title fight after recent loss

Anto Upton [12(4)-1(0)] lost in his challenge for the English title last December, but rather than revert to an extended period of rebuilding, the Belfast light welterweight wanted another shot at the belt as soon as possible.

The 24 year old was knocked down twice in Wallsall against champion Joe Hughes at the tail end of last year, but hasn’t taken any time to feel sorry for himself and pushed trainer and promoter Ricky Hatton for another opportunity.

Upton will now face Luke Paddock [14(1)-1(0)] for the recently vacated belt in Cannock on July 24th, something which has impressed two-weight World champion Hatton.

The immensely well-supported Upton will be fighting on away soil again next month, however the noise generated by his racous following certainly dilute any home advantage for Paddock.

Speaking ahead of the fight, Hatton commended his charge, explaining that “Anto proved to everyone that he’s a fighter who belongs in championship class [in fight v Joe Hughes] and I believe he’ll grab that title with both hands this time around.”

“Some fighters let their head drop after their first loss. Anto didn’t. He begged me to get him another opportunity.”

“Paddock’s obviously no pushover and has experience in title fights himself so I know we have to get Anto firing on all cylinders in training.”

“Believe me, there’ll be no stone left unturned in getting him ready for this chance.”

Joe O'Neill

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