Ricky Hatton tempted by boxing return and "open to anyone who comes forward"

Ricky Hatton has admitted he's contemplating a return to the boxing ring.

The 'Hitman' enjoyed a stellar career, winning multiple light-welterweight and welterweight world titles and finishing with a fight record of 45 wins from 48 bouts, including 32 knockouts.

He has not boxed since losing to Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko back in 2012, although has remained active in the sport by training the likes of Nathan Gorman, Paul Upton, and most notably Tommy Fury – while also following the progress of son Campbell's professional career.

However, in a week where Evander Holyfield and David Haye are both set to make their in-ring returns, Hatton, 42, says he's had discussions about coming out of retirement for an exhibition bout.

And yet he insists he won't be doing anything to tarnish his legacy.

"Yeah it has been mentioned, there has been a few little chats here and there with certain people,” he told Boxing News TV .

“I am definitely up for it, I am all for it but nobody wants to see their heroes come back and get knocked out.

“Legacies are tarnished when that happens, but to see your heroes get involved with an exhibition bout with bigger gloves and shorter rounds and watch all the fighters do there thing again for one final time with no-one getting hurt can only be a good thing."

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“No opponent in particular, but I am open to anyone who comes forward and would enjoy doing it.”

A return for the hugely popular Hatton wouldn't be without support, with the icon's previous fights famous for producing a carnival atmosphere in favour of the Manchester man.

As for his own son's potential, Hatton has pleaded for the public to stay patient, despite the 19-year-old winning all three of his pro-bouts thus far.

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“I will always be proud of him, but the fact he has gone in to the game that his Dad has been so successful in, it may open a few doors but it is got to be tough for him," he said.

“The feedback around him has been really good, you get the odd one who says he is only there because of what his father has done, but I think the higher majority like him for the person he was not just the fighter."

“But we have to just let him flow. It is all patience, baby steps and give him time."

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