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Hatton Retires Again After Losing Fight
Ricky Hatton's fairytale return to the ring ended in defeat after he was knocked out by a ninth-round body shot from fellow former champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton, 34, was back in the ring for the first time since a devastating second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
The Mancunian started aggressively without landing anything of note, until a left hook and short right connected.
But as the fight went on the Ukrainian landed several power shots which did seem to take their toll in the eighth as his momentum built.
Then Hatton was floored in the ninth by a left to the body which sent him crashing to the floor.
The crowd urged their hero to rise but he was simply in too much agony as referee Victor Loughlin stopped the fight with eight seconds left in the round.
Hatton was hoping to prove something to himself, his critics and his demons after seeing his life fall to pieces since the Pacquiao loss.
He had decided not to warm up against a soft touch and instead opted to fight against credible opposition in the form of former WBA champion Senchenko.
After the fight an emotional Hatton said he was retiring from boxing for a second time.
"I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it - and I haven't. I found out tonight it isn't there no more. I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best, but there is always an excuse to find.
"I got in the best shape I possibly could but if I hadn't been hit with that body shot I would have just scraped over the line with a points win and I honestly think I would still be telling you all the same thing.
"A fighter knows and I know it isn't there any more. I got the opportunity and I got the answers and, no matter how upsetting it is, I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton."
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what do you think?
Should never have came back, was obviously skint. Shame the legacy takes a further kick in the groin after this
So sad to watch :-(
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But if he was a Utd fan he would be amazing yes?
I would guess money troubles and as much I enjoyed a few texts jokes after the fight i.e. 'some things should never come back; shoulder pads, mullets, shell suits and Ricky Hatton'.. I do feel sorry for him and credit him for seemingly picking someone 'credible' opposed to a paper fight albeit his opponent was older than him and probably away from it for just as long.
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Ricky, you have nothing to prove to anybody least of all yourself. What a boxer you have been, but like everyone else at some point, it is now time to move on with your life You will be forever remembered with British pride in their voices
Ricky a great fighter in his time.Like every one getting to old for the big fight ,he retires with grace as he gave his last fight to nine rounds .
What a joke. Hes had bad advice.
Like so much in life, leave on a high note, going back can nether be the same. But it takes courage to know when to stop.
AR YOU ALL IDIOTS OUT THERE......1 fight 300.000 in the bank thanks to P.P.V.. and retires who is the idiot .this happens to often groups reform ..come backs after come backs. WHY to take joe public to the cleaners
what did he expect after being a fat coke head for the last 5 yrs
I'm amazed! The last I saw or heard of him was as a bloater drug addict - it's good to see he's at least fitter now. However, you can't expect to hammer the Class As for so long and still be able to compete as a world class athlete. I'd have thought that would be obvious even to him.
Why don't old and faded boxers retire graciously?