Hatton will end his three-and-a-half-year exile from the ring against the 35-year-old Ukrainian in a welterweight clash at the MEN Arena in Manchester.
Senchenko might be largely unknown among casual boxing fans, however he is a former WBA welterweight champion – and only lost his belt in his last outing. That defeat – his first in 33 bouts – came to Paulie Malignaggi, a former Hatton victim.
Senchenko had padded out his resume by fighting almost entirely in his hometown of Donetsk, where he took on Malignaggi in the fourth defence of the strap.
However, the brash New Yorker – not known for his punching power – ended his reign by forcing a ninth round stoppage, after which he called out Hatton for rematch.
Hatton claimed a shutout victory over the American four years ago but Malignaggi said things were not right in his camp and subsequently changed trainers.
It seems the ‘Hitman’ is taking the WBA route back to the top, with victory over Senchenko sure to place him in the top-five of their rankings.
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