Former boxing World champion Ricky Hatton is set to make a dramatic return to the ring – but instead of throwing leather he will be barking the orders. ‘The Hitman’ has taken out a trainers licence and the first fighter to team up with him is Preston College sports student and welterweight hopeful Adam Little.

Hatton was in Little’s corner when his protégé boxed at Oldham Sports Centre and the future looks bright for both the ex-champ and the Foundation Degree Sports student. Hatton, a former two-weight world champion said: “This is the biggest buzz I have had since my fighting days. When I was going through my depression I would nip off to the pub, but I don’t want to now. I am looking forward to work every day and every evening I am sat up thinking what new things we can do in training.”

Little (20) is doing well, having already won his first three professional contests. Hatton said: “I boxed to be the best in the world and nothing has changed now I’ve become a trainer. “Adam is really talented and will get to the stage where he has several title belts wrapped around his waist.”

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