Hattons tell Fewkes to make it happen

WHEN one of the Hatton boxing clan gives you some advice, fighters normally listen.

Sheffield's John Fewkes has received guidance from ex-world champion Ricky and his father Ray on trying to rebuild his career in the ring.

Fewkes has had just three fights since 2008 - just 16 rounds in two years - and has slipped off the boxing radar, despite alligning himself with the Hattons.

His trainer, Glyn Rhodes, knows 2011 will be a make or break year for the 25-year-old welterweight, who has struggled with weight issues.

"The Hattons have tried to send him in the right direction. Fewky was having a chat with Ray a while ago and Ricky rang up at the same time, so he got both barrels! The message is that if he can get his act together, he can do well as there is no doubt he has the ability. If he gets back on track I can see him being a British champion at light welter.

"Fewky is in no doubt what everybody thinks: now he has to believe in himself." said Rhodes. I wrote a graffiti messsage on our gym wall that if he doesn't do anything this year, he might as well pack it in.

"That can go either way. It could be a prediction of the end on his career or he can point to it in 12 months time and say he got it right." Fewkes should be in action again next month at a show at Bramall Lane.

Neil Dawson, Neil Beevers, Matthew Mallin and Ross Blackwell will look to improve their unbeaten records on the February 11 at Barnsley Metrodome. Gwyn Wale will headline, in his first fight since 2006. Fellow Barnsley prospects Johnny Musgrave and Lee Noble are set to be on the bill which also includes Swinton's Tommy Coward.

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