Ricky Hatton comeback: PPV expected for British TV, Showtime in U.S., undercard loaded

Paul Thomas

Ricky Hatton and Hatton Promotions are filling the card for Hatton's November 24 return to boxing, with Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe meeting in a rematch, with the bill likely to air on PPV in the UK and Showtime in the US.

Ricky Hatton's comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko is expected to be broadcast on pay-per-view in the United Kingdom, with Primetime the speculated host, and Showtime likely to air the fight in the United States.

The Manchester Arena will get a bulked-up undercard on November 24, as Hatton Promotions are bringing all of their most notable fighters, more or less, to fill out the bill.

The main undercard attraction will be a rematch at 122 pounds between Scott Quigg (24-0-1, 17 KO) and Rendall Munroe (24-2-1, 10 KO). The two went to a technical draw in three rounds on June 16, when a bad cut on Munroe forced an early end to the much-hyped showdown.

Also in action will be middleweight contender Martin Murray (24-0-1, 10 KO), who was hoping to face someone like Craig McEwan or Andy Lee, but will not, as he says they've both turned it down, along with Matthew Macklin. Murray has no opponent yet, but expect someone on the level of his last fight, a win over Karim Achour, most likely.

Sergey Rabchenko (21-0, 16 KO) will defend his European title at 154 pounds against Cedric Vitu (35-1, 15 KO) of France. It will be the first time that the 27-year-old Vitu has fought outside of France.

Gary Buckland (26-2, 8 KO) will defend the British super featherweight title, as well, facing Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1, 18 KO).

If you're wondering why the undercard is so loaded up for a show that sold before the main event's B-side was even announced, it's because with the current UK TV situation, Hatton has nowhere to put these guys for TV fights. It's a real shame, in my view, the way Sky basically exclusively partnered with Matchroom Boxing and chased all the other promoters out; it's no good for anyone when that happens, and promoters have now been left to either partner with Frank Warren and BoxNation, as Frank Maloney has done with David Price, or seek out their own deals, as Hennessy Sports have done with Channel 5.

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