Originally Posted by elninochino
no trainer could help Hatton. his first defence is still his face, predictable head movement, still lunges in..... should have stayed retired even though I'm a fan.
Graham was not a world class trainer. And the pretense that he would have been able to help Hatton is as ridiculous as the fans who expected Kevin Rooney to be able to help Mike in his comeback trail. Graham was perfect at conditioning Ricky for the intensity he fought at. Thats the sum total of it.
Ricky was a simple cum forward swarming slugger with a style that simply does not and did not have longevity. You cannot expect to fight that way for over a decade and not expect wear and tear. Look at what happened to Macklin when he tried to adopt a similar style? He was carried out of the ring on a stretcher.
The reality is Ricky was ALWAYS a B- fighter. His defense was porous and he was easy to hit. In his entire career nothing has changed. He did exceptionally well considering his stark limitations which were disguised by the opposition he carefully picked and choose on his way to the top. He had much smoke blown up his ass primarily by his fans and his followers which led him to believe his own delusion. I mean this is a guy who considered himself a world champion when he held the WBU belt and is on record as saying so. Ricky came back for the wrong reasons. His retired now. Hopefully this time it stays that way.