What isn’t certain is how serious Hatton is about continuing his career and how much he has left to fight in a very competitive division. What is certain that he will mint plenty of coinage, more than any other fighter in the world not named Pacquiao, Mayweather, or Klitschko thanks to his loyal support base of fans and morbid curiosity seekers wondering if he still has the Hatton magic that made him such a megastar.
How ironic can it get in boxing that 35 year old Vyacheslav Senchenko is about as little known and undersung as it gets, fighting all his bouts in Ukraine, a hot bed of talent but not a hot bed of pro boxing. His opponents have all been the usual Eastern European suspects found on any top Euro fighter resume, a solid but limited record. His big step up was against Pauli Malignaggi who stopped him on cuts, so it’s fair to say at age 35, he looks for redemption just as much as Hatton is.
The Hitman has proven to be the superior fighter at a much higher level than Senchenko, but Hatton has been out of the ring for well over 3 years. His accomplishments during that time have been sordid revelations of drug abuse, a recent fight with his dad, and food and alcohol binges of a man circling the drain of life. He did become a promoter of some note, an up and comer doing well for now, and he has business ties to Golden Boy Promotions. A fight between him and Oscar de la Hoya has been long rumored, so who can say where he goes in an era where fighters move seamlessly in and out of “retirement” at will?
I expect Senchenko to be the typical tough, well schooled Eastern European who has an excellent opportunity on his hand, much bigger than when Malignaggi came to town, but how he reacts to the raucous MEN crowd cannot be predicted.
I expect Hatton to come out pressing and swinging, that’s what short armed fighters have to do. Hatton also used to have some underrated boxing nuance, so at very least we will get an all action fight out of the thing, and if lucky, a high end drama and spectacle.
No title is on the line that I can see, nor do I know the contract weights, but surely 150 lbs would be the limit. Hatton enters with a career record of 45-2, 32 KO and Senchenko at 32-1, 21 KO. Both are coming off losses in their last fight.