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icky Hatton’s son Campbell made his professional boxing debut with a straightforward victory over Jesus Ruiz on Saturday night.

Hatton – trained by his uncle Matthew with Ricky taking a bit more of a backseat as manager – repeatedly landed vicious, energy-sapping left hooks to the body reminiscent of his father, but was perhaps too eager to try and find the quick stoppage against surprisingly durable Spaniard Ruiz.

However, there were obvious flashes of quality from the teenager, who, despite some understandable nerves and sloppy defence, won every round to take the four-round fight 40-36.

A promising start from the ‘Hurricane’, but plenty of work to do as he looks to attempt to forge his own reputation in the pro ranks while dealing with the pressure that inevitably comes with having such a famous name.

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