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Could Tekken Tag Tournament 2 be the key to Hatton's comeback?

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A boxing mentality, now infused with a gamer's coordination...

Could Tekken Tag Tournament 2 be the key to Hatton's return?

It had been rumored for some time, but it was left to 'The Hitman' himself to confirm it at an exclusive press conference organised by his namesake promotions company, Hatton Promotions.

After more than three years out of the ring - albeit just one of official retirement - Ricky Hatton will once again don the gloves of war and return to the professional boxing circuit on the 24th November, 2012. At the moment, his opponent is tbc - some believed it may be Paul Malignaggi, the current WBA Welterweight Champion whom Ricky defeated back in 2008 - but the likelihood is that Hatton's camp will prefer to ease him back into boxing with a smaller, easier opponent.

Unfortunately, as is the case with any return from retirement, the doubters remain. Many believe that Hatton is past it, and that this return can only bring more demise to an otherwise successful career. However, I'm a firm believer in second chances, and thanks to the realism of video game technology, Hatton may have a trick (well, tag) up his sleeve...

Could this be the future of boxing, and the training required?

In the first of its kind, world-renowned boxing manager and coach John Rooney Jnr. has installed a Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arcade machine at his London gym to help fighters improve both their reflexes and hand-eye coordination. It's a bold move, but one that the training guru believes could give his boxers an advantage over their opponents.

Discussing the bold move, Rooney Jr. - also owner of Rooney's Gym - said:

“It’s one thing to get your body fit but it’s equally important to train the mind as well. I know a number of boxers who play fighting games like Tekken and I was surprised to see a noticeable improvement in their reflexes and hand-eye coordination. We’ve installed the arcade machine in Rooney’s gym as I am a firm believer in video games and the benefits they have for fighters’ reflexes and reaction times. These games are a great addition to a fighter’s arsenal of training tools.”

Only time will tell how successful and/or innovative this move is, but who knows - this may be the start of a beautiful partnership. There's no denying that top gamers have incredible hand-eye co-ordination, so perhaps instead of lamenting boxers for the hours spent boxing virtually, a push to incorporate it into their training may be the right move.

So Ricky, if you're reading...get involved. Who knows - maybe a cheeky little partnership between Hatton Promotions and Namco Bandai could arise. But if it does, I expect a commission!

See also:

Review: Tekken Tag Tournament 2


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