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It's a sad weekend as Hatton says he's 'done'
Hitman 'retires' from boxing
Posted Sep 06, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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It was a sad weekend for British fight fans this weekend, as Manchester's Ricky Hatton, one of the most entertaining boxers of recent times, announced he was unlikely to return to the ring.
The former light-welterweight world champion, who has legions of fans worldwide, hasn't fought since being knocked out in the second round of his fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
This is a major loss to the sport. In a world of 'money matters' Hatton was box office. He could draw crowds and many fighters were often intimidated by his support. At one time, he had 5,000 fans chanting his name at a weigh-in in Las Vegas.
I loved watching Hatton and although he has refused to say that he has retired, his statement that he is 'done' is proof enough for me that we'll never see the Hitman in the ring again.
He boasts a terrific record with defeats to Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr the only blots on an otherwise impressive career. And when you consider that these two are in a class of their own, there is no shame in those defeats.
Also, TV bigwigs must be devastated by this announcement as Amir Khan had claimed only a few weeks ago that there was potential for a super fight between the pair. We'll miss you Hitman. Good luck with your new ventures.
On a more positive note, Scotland's Ricky Burns won the WBO super-featherwight title with a unanimous points triumph over Roman Martinez at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on Saturday.
Despite being put down in the first, Burns rallied against his previously undefeated opponent to take the win by three rounds from two of the judges and two rounds from the third judge. Well done Mr. Burns.