Ricky Hatton has warned Tyson Fury to stay away from the casinos in Las Vegas.
But not because he feared the former world heavyweight champion would go on a gambling binge.
Unbeaten Fury, 30, makes his debut in the fight capital this weekend when he faces German Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Former Vegas favourite Hatton remembers the mistakes he made for the start of Sin City adventure against Juan Urango at the Paris Hotel back in 2007.
“It’s good that Tyson is my friend so he can learn from my mistakes,” said the two-weight world champion.
“I went to Vegas 10 days before the Urango fight and stayed in the Caesars Palace – that was stupid. I made so many mistakes but the air conditioning nearly ruined it all.
“It makes you go from roasting hot to freezing cold in seconds. I didn’t get a cold but my nose was blocked solid all week and I couldn’t breathe properly.
“After five rounds I was gassing. If you watched my fights, I don’t gas after five rounds.”
Hatton eventually claimed a points win over Urango but it wasn’t his finest performance.
The arrival so soon to the fight also made him struggle to acclimatise to the altitude in Las Vegas. The gambling mecca is 2.015ft above sea level in the Nevada desert.
But he made changes for his return. The Manchester man rented an apartment, turned off the air con and used fans instead.
He was also out there for a month before the fight and the result was one of the performances of his career as he stopped Jose Luis Castillo in four rounds in 2007.
Fury sought Hatton’s advice when he signed to face Schwarz in Las Vegas after being offered a free stay in the fight venue hotel this week.
But he jetted out to Nevada four weeks ago and rented a house just off the Strip. This week he will be in and around the MGM Grand but only for pre-fight media duties.
“You need to get used to the time difference but also the altitude and the dry heat of the desert,” said Hatton.
“Not many people know that Las Vegas is at an altitude and you might be fighting indoors but you feel it all week in the build-up. It’s a different atmosphere.
“I told them even if the hotel is saying, ‘Stay in our hotel for free and help promote the fight’, it is the worst mistake you can do.
“Get your hands in your pocket and it will be worth every penny.”
Hatton brought 20,000 fans across the Atlantic to see him take on Floyd Mayweather Jnr in his next fight after Castillo.
This week Fury is hoping to make an impression against unbeaten Schwarz in his third fight in America after a 2013 win over Steve Cunningham in New York and December’s draw with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in LA.
And he has been warned he will have to entertain the punters in Sin City by Hatton, who will be part of his corner team in the early hours of Sunday.
“He impressed the fans against Wilder but in Vegas your name is up in lights for the first time and you want to do something special,” added Hatton.
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