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Hitman Announces Retirement

Hatton hangs up his gloves

Posted Jul 14, 2011 by Chris White

Hatton was one of the best British boxers of his generation if not all time

After a fourteen-year career, in which he won every title he ever went for, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton has brought the curtain down on his boxing career at the age of 32, ending any speculation regarding a comeback fight in the near future.

His last match was a defeat in an IBO light-welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao back in 2009, and, after taking the time to weigh up his options, and having recovered from a number of personal issues, Hatton has decided to hang up his gloves.

Hatton, who only lost two matches in his 47-fight professional career – the other of which came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007 – admitted that the decision “is a bit of a relief.”

The Hitman was born in Stockport in 1978 and was brought up in Hyde in Greater Manchester and began working at the family carpet business when he left school, only for his Dad to make him a salesman after cutting four of his fingers with a knife.

He made his professional debut on 10th September 1997 against Colin McAuley and won by a technical knockout in the first round. His first major victory came in 2005, when he defeated one of the best pound-for-pound boxers of the era, in Kostya Tszyu at the MEN Arena in Manchester, again by technical knockout, despite being a heavy underdog for the fight. This victory, added to his performances on the way into the fight with Tszyu, made him one of the biggest names in world boxing.

After defeats to Mayweather, and then Pacquiao, Hatton took a break from the sport, and lost his license back in 2010 after allegations came to light about cocaine use and problems with alcohol, for which The Hitman checked himself into rehab. Despite losing his fighting license, Hatton was allowed to continue working as a promoter, working alongside the likes of Ryan and Matthew Rhodes.

He confessed that during the last two years, he “hit rock bottom” and was “driven insane,” and felt that now was the time to retire from boxing.


Is Ricky right to call it a day? What was his best fight - there were certainly a few good ones, but which stands out to you? Let me know your thoughts here

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