Ricky Hatton has announced his retirement from professional boxing for the second time after Saturday’s welterweight fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko ended in a 9th round stoppage against “The Hitman”. The fight at Manchester’s MEN Arena was Hatton’s first fight since he was beaten convincingly by Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and was billed as his redemption fight and a possible stepping stone to another world title fight. However the dream comeback was not to be as a vicious shot to Hatton’s ribs left him unable to return to his feet. The Manchester City mad boxer was, as ever, roared on by thousands of adoring fans but whether it was just ring-rust or time taking its toll on Hatton he just couldn’t produce a performance like he used to.
Although Hatton appeared bitterly disappointed at the press conference he did admit that he was happy and in a good place as the question of whether he still had it or not had now been answered, albeit not quite the one he was hoping for. Nevertheless he still has a lot to look forward to; since he turned his life around in the last year Hatton has a happy home life again and a blossoming promotions company alongside training several promising young fighters.