Manchester hero turned trainer Ricky Hatton recently added unbeaten Londoner Darryll Williams to his growing stable, and believes the partnership is going well.

On April 22nd, Williams earned the English Title after an enthralling 10 rounds against Jahmaine Smyle, winning a split decision at the Leicester Arena. The rivals are set for a mouth-watering rematch at the Copper Box Arena next week.

“The last fight was a great one as I don’t think many people expected him to win the fight and since winning the title he’s come on board with me,” Hatton told World Boxing News.

Williams travelled to Smyle’s backyard, but now gets the chance to impress in his hometown on July 8th. The first encounter was a candidate for Fight of the Year as neither man refused to back down in a fan-friendly firefight.

“I spoke to his manager Mickey Helliet,” explained Hatton, “who just turned around and said, ‘Darryll needs a change, would you be interested in training him? I think your type of training will be up Darryll’s street bearing in mind his style.’

“He’s real fun to train, as hard as we train, we do have a good laugh and don’t take ourselves too seriously. When we can, we do have fun. There’s a good team around here who are all unbeaten.”

Zhanat Zhakiyanov became the first World Champion in the Hitman’s stable in February, but closer to home the 38-year-old has a number of exciting talents in the gym. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman is 9-0 and fights live on BoxNation on July 15th, and 16-0 Super-Middleweight Mark Heffron is also trained by Hatton.

“Being around six or seven unbeaten prospects, you can imagine the atmosphere in the gym. Everyone is working hard as they all believe they can be Champions and they can because they’re all unbeaten and it’s rubbed off on Daryll.”

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