Lightweight boxer Campbell Hatton believes that Manchester City can complete the treble this season.
The boyhood City supporter and son of former world champion boxer Ricky is eagerly waiting for Matchroom Boxing to announce his next opponent, but in the meantime he has been spending his time preparing for his next bout at his uncle and fellow former boxer Matthew’s gym in Stockport.
He maintains a 100% win record as a professional after six fights, with his last bout being back in February against Joe Ducker at the O2 Arena. The 21-year-old won by technical knockout in the sixth round, following up his first pro knockout against Hungarian Attila Csereklye in December.
The Sportsman visited the 21-year-old at Magic Hatton Boxing & Fitness to catch up with the rising star in an exclusive interview in the build-up to his next clash and one of the topics discussed was his beloved football club’s crucial Premier League clash with title challengers Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
“It’s a massive game and it’s probably going to decide who wins the league,” said Hatton.
“So I think I am confident we’ll do the job because I think City only really get beat because of complacency and I think because there’s that much at stake in this game that I don’t think we’ll slip up, I think we’ll be on it, but I’ll be ready for hitting someone away after [the] weekend if it doesn’t go our way.”
The intense rivalry that has developed between the two clubs in recent years, thanks to two of the world’s best managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, has been blockbuster viewing. For both clubs, Sunday's game is more than just a gateway to the title, it is the opening for more glory and the chance for both teams to write themselves into footballing legend.
While Liverpool are still on course to complete a historic quadruple, Guardiola’s side are also still in with a shout of completing a memorable season too. They are into the FA Cup semi-finals, where they will face Liverpool, and are one game away from reaching the Champions League semi-finals - should they get into the final, another showdown with The Reds could await.
When asked whether City could write themselves into English football legend and win the treble, Hatton quickly replied: “Of course we can.”