Khan too hot for Hatton - Warren

 

Frank Warren has dismissed the notion Ricky Hatton could fight world champion Amir Khan after the latter made a spectacular defence of his WBA light-welterweight world title when he knocked out Dmitriy Salita in just 76 seconds in Newcastle on Saturday night.

Fight promoter Warren, who was speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, also believes it is unlikely Khan will face Manny Pacquiao, who knocked out Hatton in the second round of their fight in Las Vegas in May.

Warren said: "I don't feel Ricky Hatton should fight any more. It's crazy, you've only got to look at the size of him. Maybe he could get himself down to the weight, but one thing's for sure, his reflexes and his legs are gone.

"He's not the same fighter he was. He won't be able to get out of the way and I don't think it'll be the next fight anyway. For Ricky to be able to fight it would take him about six or seven months to get himself into some shape."

Pacquiao alos looks an unlikely match-up given the fact they share the same trainer in Freddie Roach.

Warren said: "They're professional fighters and maybe a couple of years down the road if Manny Pacquiao's still around, it may be a fight that takes place."

Warren also urged Khan's critics to stop pressurising him.

Khan, who has been booed since being knocked out by Breidis Prescott 15 months ago, claims he was the victim of racial prejudice by fight fans ahead of the fight against Salita.

Controversially, he also maintained he would be a superstar if he were white, though his father did not agree with his comments.

"He's had a lot of pressure over the last week," said Warren.

"And when the bombings happened in London it was 'You're a Muslim, what do you feel about this?' He was 17 years old at the time. It's crazy. He's a British sportsman and that's it. To keep asking him about colour, I think is unfair.

"He's represented Britain as good as any British sportsman. He won a silver medal and was proud to do it. He had a Union Jack waistcoat on in the Olympic games and he's gone on since and done great for us as far as boxing's concerned.

"I just wish the people would stop trying to put pressure on him. He's a boxer and let's talk about what he does - boxing. Not about colour or ethnicity."