His long-term plan is to headline a stadium fight in his home city – perhaps at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
But his only goal on Saturday is to improve on his last performance.
“I want to take one thing at a time,” he said. “There’s enough pressure on me as there is. It’s not going to happen overnight.”
Hatton said Conor Benn, whose father Nigel was also a two-weight world champion like Ricky, is the example he wants to follow. Benn is now 19-0 and on the path to a world-title fight after beginning his career under intense pressure to emulate his father.
“He’s like the perfect blueprint for how my career needs to go,” said Hatton.
“He’s in a similar position to me. There is a lot of pressure on him. He was quite raw and he didn’t have a massive amateur background.
“He was active and put the work in the gym. I need to do the same. There’s no way my dad and Matthew will let me get too big for my boots.
“There’s no secret to how you get to the top. That’s what I’m going to do.”