PROMOTER Eddie Hearn is keen for his unbeaten super-lightweight prospect Campbell Hatton to take a “jeopardy” fight next time out.
Hatton’s career has moved at a cautionary pace so far and on Saturday (October 21) the 22-year-old moved to 14-0 by beating Jamie Sampson at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena. The non-televised victory came in the eighth and final round of their contest when his opponent from Sheffield was disqualified for persistent holding.
In a move to try and make more meaningful fights Hearn told Boxing News last month, “We’re going to be putting more pressure on fighters, more pressure on managers, more pressure on trainers and advisors to take fights that we believe are the right fights for them but also fights that complement the card, make the fans excited, make people tune in [and] put bums on seats.”
Speaking to BN last night to discuss the action in Liverpool Hearn revealed his interest in Hatton’s next fight coming against a fighter who lost his unbeaten record on the same show.
“Someone was just talking about Campbell Hatton against Aqib Fiaz. That’s a huge fight for Manchester and it’s a fight that’s got a lot of jeopardy,” Hearn said.
Fiaz fought in his first scheduled 12-rounder against Reece Bellotti for the Commonwealth super-featherweight title but was stopped in the eighth round. However, any fight between Fiaz and Hatton would mean a compromise in weight given they currently fight two divisions apart.
Hearn also admitted that Hatton is still learning but is nearing a time in his career when a risk must be taken.
“There’s a lot of people that are criticising him and he’s had 14 fights. You can’t say he hasn’t had the opportunity to learn,” Hearn said.
“We know he’s a novice and all that kind of stuff, but he’s still had 14 fights. The next fight must be a 10-rounder and it must be a fight that is interesting – whether that’s Aqib Fiaz or that comes the fight after. You can’t just keep having easy fights.
“If I had it my way, I would make Aqib Fiaz against Campbell Hatton now because I’m looking at it as a great fight. He’s coming off a defeat, people are questioning him, he sells loads of tickets in Manchester. But if you’re training Campbell Hatton, or you’re managing him, you’re saying, ‘We’re probably two or three fights from that.’ No problem if we are, but they’ve got to be two or three fights that carry some jeopardy.”