Hitman Hatton gives gym perfect opening

Mick Jennings, John Walker, Ricky Hatton and Dave Jennings
Mick Jennings, John Walker, Ricky Hatton and Dave Jennings

It’s not every day a former world champion comes to Coppull.

But the opening of Jennings Gym attracted Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton.

The former light welterweight and welterweight world champion is great friends with Chorley boxer Michael Jennings.

The gym, found at Unit 15, Coppull Mill, Mill Lane, had its official opening on Saturday.

And boxing fans of all ages turned out to see Hatton.

Michael, who owns the gym with his brother Dave, said: “It was a great turnout and it was really good that Ricky could make it. ”

Hatton posed for pictures, signed autographs for fans and was more than happy to lend his services.

He said: “It was fine to come to the gym and help Mick out.

“It’s a really good setup here and I think they will do well.”

The gym provided entertainment with bag work and sparring between a number of hot prospects at the gym.

The Mayor of Chorley, Coun John Walker, was also present at the opening.

The facility has unofficially been open for a number of weeks and already has enjoyed some ring success with its young boxers.

Jennings said: “There are some good young boxers here and I am looking forward to training them.”

He still has an eye on returning to the ring himself and is determined not to let his troublesome shoulder defeat him.

The Chorley Lurcher has agreed to have surgery and hopes it is successful so he can make along awaited return.

He said: “The shoulder surgery isn’t that bad and I’ll be out for six weeks.

“It’s keyhole surgery so it’s not huge.”

One thing Jennings has done is keep himself in shape and has said that the gym idea came to light after the injury .

He added: “I always do my mornings run because I know I can still fight at the top level.

“I’ve never really thought of anything else apart from boxing so running the gym is the next best thing I can think of.”