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Hatton Loses Comeback Fight; Retires Again

By November 25, 2012

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Many fight fans felt Ricky Hatton had selected too tough an opponent for his first bout in three-and-a-half years. They were right. Hatton could have beaten most welterweights last night ... but was unable to defeat former WBA welterweight champ Vyacheslav Senchenko. In front of a hometown crowd in Manchester, England, Hatton was ahead on points (78-74 and 77-76 twice) after eight rounds but his face was battered and he was beginning to fade. In round nine, Senchenko dropped him with a spectacular left hook to the body. Hatton tried to beat the count but was unable to rise to his feet before referee Victor Loughlin reached the count of ten.

In the ring immediately after the bout, Hatton said he needed some time before deciding whether or not to continue his career. Apparently he didn't need much time. At the post-fight press conference, Hatton announced his retirement, saying "I'm not going to put myself through that torture again. I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it, and I haven't".

The 34-year-old Hatton retires - this time - with a career record of 45-3 with 32 KOs. He may change his mind and fight again but, for now, sounded sincere and content with his decision.


November 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(1) eltucco says:

my opinion is that hatton should have taken a tune-up fight to see if he had the stamina.I applaud him for taking on a tough fighter but it was too much too soon for him.

November 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm
(2) kenb. says:

SAD,SAD,SAD-I don’tknow if it was his ego or the results of all the demons he had fought over the past 3plus years-drugs,alcohol abuse,huge weight gain that led him to believe he could beat a top ranked fighter. I wish him well with his new child and soon to be spouse-but the comments of he wanted to prove to his newborn daughter(1 year old I think) that he wasn’t a loser! A child that age couldn’t comprehend what was going on-Please get it together Ricky-A good therapist or psychiatrist would help and maybe some medications that’s prescibed-No More Beatings in the ring or street drugs and/or alcohol abuse..

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