Ricky Hatton has named his opponent for his November 24 comeback, and he's not going with a patsy. The 33-year-old "Hitman" will take on former WBA welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena in his return to the ring.
Hatton (45-2, 32 KO) will return at 147 pounds, as most expected. The former junior welterweight world champion did briefly hold a welterweight title before, but struggled in two fights at the weight, winning a disputed decision over Luis Collazo in 2006, and losing to Floyd Mayweather by stoppage in 2007.
Senchenko (32-1, 21 KO) was outclassed earlier this year by Paulie Malignaggi, but we have no idea at this point just how much Hatton has left in the tank, and this is not an easy comeback fight. Hatton could have faced a far lesser opponent and done fine - after all, the fight is basically a sellout as is - but he's taking at least a minor risk here. And I think that's truly admirable.
What do you think of the choice? Has Hatton bitten off more than he can chew right off the bat, or is Senchenko a safe choice?