Ricky Hatton has officially taken over as the head of Hatton Promotions and his other business ventures, including a clothing line and a private gym, after his father, Ray, stepped down and gave his son his blessing. From the Telegraph:
"I told my dad that I wanted to take over the company as this was something I wanted to do now that I have finally retired from boxing. It took a long time to make that retirement announcement, but when I did that in July I felt like a massive weight had been lifted and that I could look forward. ... I see this as the start of a new career, and I am well equipped to make the Hatton brand even bigger."
Hatton Promotions took off pretty well a couple of years ago, but has stalled out a bit with the rise of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport. Hatton's stable is a distant non-competitor to the likes of Frank Warren and Hearn, but they're a legitimate company that puts on frequent shows and aren't just one of those vanity labels like so many boxers have that mean nothing.
More interesting is that Hatton has applied for licenses to be a second in the corner, and a trainer, and has been saying for a while now that his new dream is to coach a world champion, which he tells Gareth Davies, "would give me as much pleasure as any of my great victories around the world."
Hatton, who turns 33 in a few weeks, hasn't fought since 2008, and appears to have zero plans to make a fighting comeback.