Hatton confident Martin can win

Ricky Hatton following a press conference to announce his retirement at the Sportsman Casino in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 7, 2011. Britain's former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has called time on his glittering 14-year professional career. See PA story BOXING Hatton. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
Ricky Hatton following a press conference to announce his retirement at the Sportsman Casino in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 7, 2011. Britain's former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has called time on his glittering 14-year professional career. See PA story BOXING Hatton. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
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BOXING superstar and now award-winning promoter Ricky Hatton (pictured), firmly believes Martin Murray will secure world title glory on Friday night in Germany.

Hatton, a former world champ himself and now Murray’s promoter, will be ringside at the SAP Arena in Mannheim this weekend, as Murray tries to shock the boxing fraternity by taking Felix Sturm’s WBA middleweight belt in Germany.

Hatton told the St Helens Reporter: “It won’t be a big shock to me if Martin wins on Friday, because I genuinely think he can beat Felix Sturm.

“He is unbeaten and full of confidence.

“He’s obviously an underdog, but so was I when I fought Kostya Tszyu and look what happened there (the Hit-man stunned the rock solid Russian to win the IBF World title in 2005).

“Martin doesn’t seem nervous to me at all.

“When we have spoken about the fight he has been really focused on the job ahead.”

Hatton added: “I think the fight will go the distance and it will be a tough fight, but I see Martin winning on points.

“I think he will be too young, too strong and the hungrier of the two fighters. I know what this fight means to Martin and hopefully, I will have my first World champion at the end of the night.”

The Hit-man added: “The Germans appreciate a good fight and I know that Martin is taking over several hundred of his own fans from the North West and that he will be well supported.”