British boxing legend Ricky Hatton has announced his retirement after being knocked out in the ninth round by Vyacheslav Senchenko at the MEN Arena on Saturday night.
The 34 year-old, who had not fought since being savagely knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in May, 2009, returned to the ring in the hope of finishing a successful boxing career with a win but sadly that was not to be.
Hatton fought his heart out and looked the Hatton of old in spurts but as expected after such a long lay off, his timing was off and there was just too ring rust to shake off.
A highly emotional Hatton said afterwards: "I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it - and I haven’t.
"I found out tonight it isn’t there no more. I’m a straight-shooter and I tell the truth. I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best, but there is always an excuse to find.
"I got in the best shape I possibly could but if I hadn’t been hit with that body shot I would have just scraped over the line with a points win and I honestly think I would still be telling you all the same thing.
"A fighter knows and I know it isn’t there any more. 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.
"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."
November 24, 2012