The men who get our champion Hatton into shape

Last updated at 11:59 07 December 2007


Friends and family, the men in Ricky Hatton's corner, will prove vital to the Mancunian's chances of defeating Floyd Mayweather tomorrow night.

Here is the lowdown on Team Hitman.

Team Hatton

Ray Hatton: diminutive dad, former pub landlord and carpet-fitting king and manager who has taken the reins of Ricky's career since the break with Frank Warren's camp.

Billy "The Preacher" Graham: the former fighter, who runs a gym in a converted mill in Denton where he has honed a series of champions. He has been Hatton's trainer, strategist and pal for over a decade. He's the one who takes the hits during training!

Mick Williamson: a big Arsenal fan, the London cabbie is charged with stemming the flow of blood if Hatton suffers from his familiar problem of cuts around his eyes.

Kerry Kayes: the ex-world bodybuilding champion is the nutritionist with the task of sorting out Hatton's diet before a big fight after he's gorged on fried breakfasts and Guinness between bouts.

Matthew Hatton: Ricky's younger brother, occasional sparring partner and confidant, who is on the MGM undercard as a decent welterweight journeyman himself. He has been helping him relax at their rented house in the Las Vegas suburbs.

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