BILLY JOE SAUNDERS loves having childhood hero Ricky Hatton in his nook for his shot at a second world title.
The 29-year-old southpaw fights Shefat Isufi for the WBO super-middleweight belt on Could 18, simply weeks after becoming a member of Tyson Fury’s coach Ben Davison, who works out of the Hitman’s Manchester base.
Two-weight icon Hatton is attracting most of Britain’s high Traveller expertise to his sweatbox, with Nathan Gorman and Tyson’s little brother Tommy below his wing and Isaac Lowe within the workforce.
And Saunders revealed precisely what it’s concerning the 40-year-old followers’ favorite that has acquired the Gypsy fighters settled in his spot.
Saunders stated: “Ricky is an actual down-to-earth fella and he was considered one of my idols rising up, you might be in nothing however awe of him.
“On this camp already he has picked out a few pointers for me and I’ve taken them on board, he’s like a senior member of the workforce as a result of he has been there and performed it.
It’s at all times good to have talks with somebody who has been there and performed it
Billy Joe Saunders on Ricky Hatton
“Ricky sees little issues and has his say and he has an actual good relationship Ben and Ricky Hatton simply appeals to all of us.”
Hatton was an important a part of Fury’s nook when the Gypsy King drew with WBC champ Deontay Wilder in December.
And the Manchester Metropolis nut has already offered knowledgeable knowledge for Fury’s subsequent battle on June 15 battle with Tom Schwarz.
Saunders stated: “It’s at all times good to have talks with somebody who has been there and performed it.
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“I heard him speaking to Tyson not too long ago about his plan to remain on the MGM for his subsequent battle however Ricky stated the aircon there blocks you up and also you don’t sleep properly.
“That actually is insider info that you simply can not purchase and can’t have with out expertise.
“He has walked this tightrope many occasions and is aware of all of the locations you may slip up, so you may solely study from that and I’ve actually loved studying off him, he’s an actual inspiration to me.”