Sports People: Ricky Hatton mania: Will he fight De La Hoya in 2008?

It seems like it was yesterday as we live-blogged the great Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather fight, almost 40,000 of you were with me that night as we saw the surprise upset in the 10th round. 

Hatton mania has swept the States too, and many here are asking when will we see the Mancunian brawler take on another Yankee clipper?

With British boxers such as Gavin Rees or Junior Witter clamoring for a fight with Ricky, we wonder if the recent scuttle about him taking on new papa Oscar De La Hoya is a valid one.

The Telegraph (Uk) claims it will happen, and that Ricky Hatton is already being lined up to fight Oscar De La Hoya at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 spectators next year, according to the fighter’s lawyer Gareth Williams.

Hatton reportedly will face De La Hoya regardless of his loss to the pretty boy Floyd Mayweather in the WBC welterweight superfight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

A fight with De La Hoya would break records for a fight in the United Kingdom, and have the whole of the United States glued to their televisions and Internet live broadcasts too.

Gareth Williams, Hatton’s lawyer, explained to the Telegraph: “The chances are very strong. We have strong links with Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya and we have had discussions with them about fighting Oscar in London at Wembley.”

As for Hatton, his life is the fodder of a great, unmade Hollywood blockbuster.  

Just ask director Mike Cockayne who followed Ricky around the world to make a film about his life.

Mike reportedly even flew out to Las Vegas to film the record-breaking run-up to Hatton’s anticipated duel with Floyd Mayweather.

This footage will be added to his hit film, already a top selling DVD in the UK, and will be screened on British network ITV 1 in the new year. (Hopefully Showtime Boxing or HBO will snag this special on Hatton too!)

Greg O’Keefe of the Liverpool Echo  caught up with Mike, who had a lot to say about his experience recording the real-life drama of the pugnacious “everyman” boxer.

“But Ricky is far from finished. He will take stock now and be back at his best soon.

“When we were with him he was training hard but he always said that after the fight he’s looking forward to a good night in Liverpool.”

“One of my favourite parts is when we used a new technique so we could show the viewer what it’s like to get in the ring with Ricky and just what it s like to be hit by the Hitman. It’s a scary experience.”

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