Following an emotional knockout defeat at the hands of Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester on Saturday evening, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton has announced his retirement from the sport. A victorious return was widely expected and anticipated, even as far up to the 9th round when the devastating body shot put Hatton out for the count with the Hitman, then going on to challenge Paulie Malinaggi for his world championship at some point in 2013, but the Ukrainian had other ideas, and despite being behind on all three scorecards, managed to pull it out of the bag and stun the 28,000 sell out crowd who arrived hoping and expecting to see their hometown hero emerge victorious.
Speaking during his ringside interview immediately after the fight, an emotional Hatton said he would not make any rash decisions and would take a while to think over his boxing future as he did not want to go out like this, but during the post-fight press conference, the Manchester legend has called time on his illustrious career, which saw him capture four world titles and generate unquestionably the biggest British following of any fighter in the history of the sport.
It is heartbreaking to see the Hitman go out like this after working so hard to get himself back into shape and back into the ring after a traumatic three years, and a number of boxing experts and pundits have expressed their concern for Hatton’s state of mind following this fight, with some crying out for the Hitman to get help so we do not see an adverse effect on a proud man and a great champion following this latest setback. Ricky Hatton has got nothing to prove to nobody and should be respected for all he has done for the sport, and this final press conference is now almost certain to be the final post fight press conference of Ricky Hatton’s career, check out the emotional scenes.
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