Campbell Hatton marks prol debut with victory against Jesus Ruiz

Like father, like son! Campbell Hatton – son of retired star Ricky – marks his professional debut with victory on points against Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar

  • Campbell Hatton defeated 0-10 fighter Jesus Ruiz on points in Gibraltar 
  • Son of British boxing icon Ricky Hatton, it was Campbell’s first professional fight
  • Ruiz suffered some major bloody blows on his face in rounds two and three 
  • Father Ricky watched on as Campbell made it 1-0 in his professional career 

The second coming has begun. Quite where it ends for Campbell Hatton is a mystery for another day but his debut assignment as a professional was passed with a points win over Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar.

It was a little wild and predictably raw against an opponent of no renown beyond his ability to take a beating on his feet.

But ultimately it was a job done for Hatton, even if the sacrificial lamb in the opposing corner had enough toughness and durability to rob the 20-year-old of the satisfaction of an opening knockout. 

Campbell Hatton (left) beat Jesus Ruiz via points decision in his first professional fight

Hatton (left) hurt his 0-10 opponent early on with some relentless body shots in Gibraltar

He landed plenty of shots, took a few gentle ones in response, but couldn’t quite get the Spaniard off his feet.

By his own admission, Hatton Jr was affected a little by the scale and spotlight of the occasion, which is no surprise for a debut made on the undercard of pay per view show on the back of a week of significant attention. He said: ‘I don’t think I boxed my best. I can do a lot better than that. The nerves got to me a bit so I will do better next time.’

His famous father, the two-weight world champion Ricky, added: ‘It’s a very proud night for me as a dad and for us as a family. I’m glad I had a mask so people couldn’t see me cry. It was a good learning fight.’

Campbell was supported in the ring by father and British boxing icon Ricky Hatton

The son emerged to Blue Moon, just like his father used to do, before strutting to the ring to Oasis’ F***in’ in the Bushes. He was revved up and so were 500 fans inside Europa Point Sports Complex – as much as anything else, he comes into the sport with an already considerable amount of interest and goodwill.

His first round in the pros was a frantic and occasionally messy blur of shots. He landed four decent left hooks to the body – another favourite of his old man – and a half decent uppercut. A couple came back the other way through a loose defence, but Ruiz’s threat could be accurately measured by his 0-10 record coming in.

Hatton absorbed another soft shot from Ruiz early in the second, before bloodying the Spaniard’s nose and teeing off with more body work. A few uppercuts from Hatton missed their mark but by the midway point of the second his opponent looked close to exhaustion.

Hatton’s debut was not perfect as he showed carelessness but begins his career with a win

Hatton was a little careless in the third and lost a fraction of balance after a Ruiz right hand, and was also caught with soft shots in the fourth as he chased a knockdown. Ruiz briefly looked close to falling to a body shot in the final minute but stayed up and made the bell, as he had in nine of his previous defeats. Credit to Ruiz, he proved himself durable, and credit to Hatton, he is off the mark. It will be a fun ride.

His uncle and trainer Matthew Hatton said: ‘We saw some little flashes, a few body punches but it was all a learning experience. It was a good start and he will learn from that.’

On the same Whyte-Povetkin undercard, English heavyweight Nick Webb dropped unbeaten German Erik Pfeifer three times in a surprise second-round victory and Youssef Khoumari out-classed Kane Baker to improve to 12 wins and a draw from 13.

Awkward welterweight Michael McKinson reached 20-0 after a strong performance against Chris Kongo. McKinson took a unanimous decision to inflict Kongo’s first defeat in 13. 

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