Campbell Hatton determined to create boxing legacy of his own ahead of ring return

"The week of the fight was mad but I really enjoyed it. Because I was so busy I didn't really get nervous. Once the media stuff was done, it all hit me at once.

Fighting with a famous surname comes with pressure.

Just ask Chris Eubank Jr. A world title challenger, and ranked number one in the WBA rankings, "Next Gen" has had his fair share of criticism for not following the blueprint of father Chris Eubank Sr.

Rising welterweight Conor Benn also fights under a legendary name with his parent being British icon Nigel Benn.

Mancunian Campbell Hatton is the latest fighter to burst onto the scene and has signed with Matchroom Boxing.

Son of former two-division king and 2005 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year Ricky Hatton, Campbell made his professional debut in Gibraltar on the undercard of Dillian Whyte's rematch win over Alexander Povetkin.

He outpointed Jesus Ruiz and returns on the same fight bill as Eubank Jr. at the Manchester Arena next month on Sky Sports Box Office. Derek Chisora tops the card with his heavyweight clash against Joseph Parker.

Despite fighting all-time greats Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, "Hitman" Hatton's most memorable fight is his famous win over Kostya Tszyu.

The third-generation Hatton, after Ricky and Matthew, appeared on episode 170 of the Pound for Pound Boxing Podcast and told Jake Wood and Spencer Oliver that he didn't watch any of his father's fights when he was younger.

"All I can really remember from my Dad's career is going in the gym as a kid. Going round Billy Graham's gym causing havoc, but other than that I can't really remember anything.

"I never watched any of his fights live, not even on TV. When I got older and started getting more into the sport myself, that's when I started looking back at his fights.

"It was pretty natural," Campbell said about working with uncle Matthew Hatton. "I'd always done a little bit more work with Matthew. When we decided to turn pro, obviously you need that one voice in the corner.

"It was the natural road to go down. It's working well because there's not many people who have been in my position, with the pressure of having to deal with who my dad is.

"Matt's had to do it himself, with his career and work his way out of my dad's shadow."

Campbell, 20, admitted he felt pressure going into his debut bout but was pleased with the outcome despite not delivering a knockout performance.

"The week of the fight was mad but I really enjoyed it. Because I was so busy I didn't really get nervous. Once the media stuff was done, it all hit me at once.

"Matt came to my room and I'd been pacing for an hour. I loved it but I'm glad it's out the way. I'll never have to do it when it's so intense again.

"It did make me over-eager. I'm not too disappointed with my performance, because I take into consideration how mad it was," Hatton continued.

"When you consider the pressure I was under, you can see why my performance was 50% of what I can do," "Hurricane" Hatton added.

"Seeing how well my Dad and Matt did in their careers, it makes it do-able. If they can do it, why not me?

"As long as I work hard, I can do it. I've got the benefit of knowing the mistakes they made and getting the knowledge they have.

"I'm really confident that with time and a lot of graft I can do the same things myself."

On this week's show, the Pound for Pound Boxing Podcast was joined by potential superstar of the future, Mr. Campbell Hatton. To listen to the full podcast, click here.

The quotes from this article was transcribed by Planet Sport's James Holland.

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