Hathaway can still go all the way

PUBLISHED: 17:56 20 October 2010

John Hathaway

John Hathaway

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FORMER world champion Mike Pyle reckons John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway has plenty of time to become a much better and stronger fighter.

The vastly experienced American welterweight dented Hathaway’s proud 14-fight unbeaten run after recording a 30-27 unanimous decision at last Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship 120 event.

Hathaway, who trains at Hooks gym, Park Royal, was simply outmuscled at The O2 Centre by the highly effective takedown and ground grappling skills of Pyle.

“Hathaway has all the time in the world to get better,” said Pyle, who became champion of UFC’s sister organisation World Extreme Cagefighting back in 2005.

“He’s only 23. He can train hard, get stronger, get back in there and kick on. He just has to keep his head up and train hard – that’s what I’ve always done.”

“I’ve never quit after my losses and I don’t see John as a quitter either – he’s a tough kid and was resilient throughout the fight. I had him tied up in a few things where he could have quit but he didn’t.”

Hathaway, a former rugby union player, is expected to return to UFC octagon ring around March or April next year.

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