Campbell Hatton continued his unbeaten run in the pro ranks with a 1st round stoppage over Denis Bartos.
As part of the undercard for Matchroom and DAZN‘s Abu Dhabi event, which was topped by a masterclass from Dmitry Bivol against Gilberto Ramirez, the young Hatton faced Bartos in a lightweight contest – despite his opponent starting his career at flyweight.
It didn’t last long. The Manchester man was putting a good focus on the body and it paid off. Bartos was dropped, came back, and dropped again, this time failing to make the count. The culprit was a crisp left hook to the body.
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— Campbell Hatton (@CampbellHatton) November 5, 2022
Hatton’s body shot stoppage was reminiscent of one of his father’s favourite punches. In fact, it was almost identical to how Ricky stopped Jose Luis Castillo on June 23, 2007.
As Campbell put a full stop on the end of a four-fight year and moved to 9-0, he’ll look forward to a step up in competition in 2023 as well as some eight-rounders. He said as much in the aftermath.
“I’m not moaning, but I didn’t get to show as much as I’d have liked to. I think even though I got the stoppage, I’m not going to get carried away with it because the challenges are going to get a lot harder.
Ricky, on the other hand, is lacing up the gloves in a week’s time. In what’s likely his last dance in a boxing ring, ‘The Hitman’ faces Mexican legend and personal friend, Marco Antonio Barrera, in an exhibition bout.