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Hatton 'not thinking about Khan fight'

Published 20/07/2009

Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton of England wears a fan's hat while hosting an event at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas
Ricky Hatton of England (R) attacks Paulie Malinaggi of USA during their Light-welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 22, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Singer Mariah Carey and her husband, actor/singer Nick Cannon, look on during the Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas
Rapper Jay-Z

Ricky Hatton insists the idea of fighting Amir Khan "hasn't entered my head".

The 30-year-old has yet to make a decision on his future and admits he is not missing boxing since taking a break following his crushing second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in May.

Khan, meanwhile, won the WBA light-welterweight title with victory over Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday to further fuel talk of a showdown between the two Lancashire fighters.

However, Hatton - who has been released from hospital after a bad stomach bug - told the Manchester Evening News: "I'm not thinking about boxing at the moment. Maybe I'll wake up one day and think let's give it another go, but I might not.

"I'm not missing it. Fighting is the furthest thing from my mind.

"I'm delighted for Amir. I can't praise him enough. He's gone back to the drawing board and answered any questions there might have been about him.

"But the fact that he's won a world title has not made me any closer to a comeback. It hasn't entered my head.

"I don't think I have to beat Amir Khan to prove anything."

Hatton, who has lost two of his last four fights having been defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr in December 2007, added: "When I look back at my career nobody expected me to do what I've done.

"I won five titles at two different weights. I've only lost to the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world. If I don't fight again I can hold my head high.

"Maybe somewhere down the line I might think about giving it another go and if he is still world champion then obviously he would be a possibility."

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