Boxing: Hatton quits again after comeback defeat


Ricky Hatton of Britain kneels on the canvas after loosing his boxing match against Vyacheslav Senchenko of the Ukraine at the Manchester Evening News Arena, in Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 24, 2012. AP/Jon Super

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Former world champion Ricky Hatton announced his second retirement from boxing after his comeback bout against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko ended in defeat on Saturday.

After a three-and-a-half year retirement from the sport, in which the 34-year-old Englishman battled alcohol and drug problems, as well as depression, Hatton was outclassed by Senchenko, who took victory on a ninth-round stoppage.

“I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it – and I haven’t,” said Hatton, who now intends to concentrate on his work as a boxing promoter.

“A fighter knows and I know it isn’t there anymore. It’s too many hard fights, I’ve burned the candle at both ends, I’ve put my body through the mire in and out of the ring but it doesn’t matter how hard I train, I couldn’t have done any better.”

He added: “I’m a happy man tonight. I don’t feel like putting a knife to my wrists. I have got the answers I needed.”

“I got the opportunity and I got the answers and no matter how upsetting it is, I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton.”

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  • adamson11

    When people accept truth you can’t really say much about it except of course admire it, hatton said it well “I’m a happy man tonight. I don’t feel like putting a knife to my wrists. I have got the answers I needed.” I wish our politicians are men enough to accept truth like him when face with defeat or accusations…

  • akoombulator

    cnn sports ignored this fight

  • Barak_O

    he was winning until the lucky punch in the ninth round

  • philcruz

    Good attitude. He accepts the reality and has prepared for it. I wish him all the success as a boxing promoter.

  • nag

    The caption writer is LOSING his mind. 

    The proofreader is LOSING his sight. Hatton quits after LOSING his fight.LOOSING means making less tight. 

    • Feel It

      There is no such word as LOOSING. So it does NOT mean making something less tight. It simply does not exist as a word.  Perhaps you meant LOOSENING. Just correcting your correction.  No offense meant. Thanks.

  • Noel

    He can go back to drugs.

  • calipso_2100

    “I’m a happy man tonight. I don’t feel like putting a knife to my wrists. I have got the answers I needed.”

    That’s all that matters.  You’ve had good run in your career.  No shame in retiring for good.

    • Noel

       ‘Hope it doesn’t happen to Manny Pacquiao.  Manny should quit while still a champ.

  • nennen12345

    acceptance is good enough.  good luck on your next move.

  • speedstream2

    Good try but not good enough. Persistence is a virtue, but, for whatever it’s worth, Hatton should hang-up the gloves for good, for his own good.

  • Michael Peralta

    “… on the canvas after loosing his boxing match …”

    • Rommel Jason

      sorry, I didnt see the caption on the picture hehehehe…LOOSING LOOSING hehehehe

      • Zen

        hey you guys serious with the spelling? it’s really alarming.

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