Ricky Hatton went from the same weight as Wilder to lighter than Golovkin

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    Ricky Hatton was at one point as heavy as Deontay Wilder before getting down to the weight of Gennady Golovkin.

    The Hitman, who recently claimed he is open to an exhibition bout against Floyd Mayweather, was at 161lb in his prime, coming six pounds under Golovkin when he was competing in the trilogy with Canelo Alvarez.

    But the Manchester-born former fighter, who was nicknamed 'Fatton' during his pro fighting career and even made fun of his size by wearing a 'fat suit' to the ring, also reached a massive 214lbs – an amount level with heavyweight boxer Wilder when he was set to face off against Robert Helenius.

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    Hatton, the former world champion, is gearing up for an exhibition bout against Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena.

    And Hatton opened up to Sky Sports, saying that he would be open to facing off against the undefeated Mayweather.

    "I'd have to look at it," said the 44-year-old who was beaten by Mayweather in the 10th round in 2007.

    “To share the ring with Floyd Mayweather again would be something else. We all know how good a fighter he is as boxing fans with all the great fights he's been in. But I'm going to get the chance to find out first-hand just how good he actually is. I hope doesn't come back to bite me on the backside.

    "We're not going to want anyone leaving that venue turning round and going 'what a waste of time that was'. The fans have never walked away disappointed from a Ricky Hatton fight – and they won't do on Saturday night."

    In the run-up to his fight with Barrera, Hatton has undergone another huge body transformation. It would mark over a decade since he has been in the ring, and now he is looking rough and ready – cutting down the calories and getting back into terrific shape.

    Over the summer, he lost 40lb in just two months before the first bout against Barrera was postponed.

    He opted to cut out alcohol and junk food.

    "I like pints of beer, it has been well known, but you can't do that," Hatton told British Boxing TV. "I think that is the main thing with the weight. If you go out and have pints seven days a week you won't be walking around with a six pack. I think it is just sensible, eating the right things small and often and regular workouts.”


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