Ricky ready for triumphant return

Ricky Hatton insists Vyacheslav Senchenko will feel the force of three-and-a-half years of frustration in his comeback fight tomorrow night.

Hatton has been absent from the ring since a humbling knockout defeat by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 and well-publicised battles with drink and weight gain threatened to tarnish his reputation.

But the Mancunian has beaten his demons and will restart his glittering ring career against Ukrainian Senchenko at his old hunting ground, Manchester Arena.

Hatton knows he still must silence his doubters, but the 34-year-old insists he is more hungry for success than when he won his first world title against Kostya Tszyu in 2005.

“The Ricky Hatton sat here is the meanest and most ferocious Ricky Hatton you’ve ever seen,” he said.

“Seven years ago I beat Kostya Tszyu at the Manchester Arena and I was at my hungriest because I had a dream of becoming world champion but the desire I have for this fight is way beyond becoming a world champion.

“All those world titles mean nothing to me. I’m here to right the wrongs I’ve done. I know you won’t believe me, after burning the candle at both ends, the second-round defeat against Manny Pacquiao, no way can he come back the same.

“Well I won’t come back the same, I’m going to come back better.”

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