Brad to face son of Ricky Hatton

Swinton boxer, Bradley Busby (13).  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Swinton boxer, Bradley Busby (13). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Bradley Busby is about to face one of the highest profile opponents a 13-year-old fighter could wish for – and he cannot wait.

The Ernie Oxer School of Boxing youngster will go toe to toe with Campbell Hatton in Bradford on Friday night.

That is Campbell Hatton – son of former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton who could very well also be across the ring from Busby this weekend.

Hatton jnr will be making his debut at the Cedar Court Hotel, wearing the colours of Hyde and District ABC.

While all the attention will be on Hatton, Swinton fighter Busby is quietly confident of causing what would go down as an upset.

Oxer coach Shaun Hufton said: “Bradley cannot wait for this. He knows what he’s going to be up against.

“He’s buzzing about it and he’s confident of the win.”

Busby has fought one, won one so far.

While opponent Hatton has the strong pedigree of his world champion dad, Busby has his own boxing ancestry.

He is the great grandson of the late Eric Walker, who trained former world champion Jamie McDonnell as a title-winning amateur.

Hufton said: “Bradley has done ever so well since he came to us.

“He was overweight. He must have lost at least a stone since he started training.

“Now he’s a handy little fighter and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”

Hatton jnr had been due to make his debut in Huddersfield last weekend but did not fight with his dad in Bulgaria to be in the corner of European light middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko.