In Chris Blaney, Ricky Hatton was presented with a boxer who was almost too talented for his own good.
The Navan super middleweight is a nine-time Irish underage champion and agreed terms with Hatton Boxing after last year’s Seniors.
And Hatton notes that his success in the vested code has led to the ‘Ginger Ninja’ needing some time to settle into the pro game.
The two-weight World champ and crossover star believes fans will see the benefit of his amateur pedigree and his extended acclimatisation period next weekend when he headlines the FS Promotions ‘The Future’ show.
Speaking to Hatton Boxing TV, Hatton explained that “having such an amateur pedigree, it’s been a bit of a transition for Chris.”
“He had that amateur style.”
“Going from the amateurs to the professionals is always the biggest transition, not just for Chris but for all of us, but because he was so successful as an amateur it took him a little bit longer than it would most – But he’s certainly got it now!”
“He’s moving around like an all-round pro now. When he first come down he was flying here there and everywhere.”
“He’s sitting down on his shots now.”
“I’m made up with his progress.”