Winton is a mini Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton

Callum Winton

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RICKY “The Hitman” Hatton might be readying himself for a great boxing comeback.

But there is only one “Hitman” capturing the local boxing imagination – Callum Winton.

The Hartlepool fighter will make his second professional appearance at the Borough Hall a week on Sunday when he meets Rob Sharpe.

During his exciting junior days with the Catholic Club, Winton was dubbed the “Mini Hitman” in tribute to to the world light-welterweight champion.

Like Ricky, Winton loved nothing more than sinking the trademark Hatton hook into the body of his opponent.

The teenager would even emerge for his appearances on the Catholic Club shows at the Mayfair Centre to the tune of Blue Moon, Ricky’s Man City anthem.

Winton is now keen to make his own name in the pro game after signing for the Gus Robinson Developments set-up.

The 20-year-old is looking for his first win after being held to a draw by Malta’s Steve Martin on his debut at the Stadium of Light in July.

And coach Peter Cope is hoping Winton can replicate another Hatton trait – his supreme self-confidence.

“When I have Callum on the pads he’s amazing, said the Gus Robinson Developments head coach, who trains him alongside his son, International Masters super-bantamweight champ Peter, and hard-hitting Horden middleweight Greg O’Neil.

“Callum just needs some self-belief.

“He trains hard, works hard, his diet is all right and is a very good boxer. He’s a good athlete and he outsprints Peter in the runs.

“Callum takes a reasonbly good shot, so he’s not weak in that area.

“In fact, I don’t think he is weak in any area – he’s got everything, apart from that one thing.

“Despite all his talents, the self-belief’s not there.”