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Hasty Hatton retires from boxing after defeat

ESPN staff
November 25, 2012 « Australia six wickets from victory over South Africa | Chartbeat test »

No more than two hours after suffering defeat to Vyacheslav Senchenko, Ricky Hatton announced that he will not return to the boxing ring as he retired for a second time.

Hatton made an emotional comeback on Saturday after over three years on the sidelines, and time had caught up with the 34-year-old, who looked like a ghost of his former self.

A bright start saw him win the opening four rounds, but Hatton's timing was never on the button as Senchenko began to fight back. A ninth-round hook to the body cut the Brit in two, leaving him in tears at the Manchester Arena.

Immediately after the loss Hatton insisted he would not be making any rash decisions, but within an hour he had told reporters at a post-fight press conference that he was quitting for good.

"I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it - and I haven't," Hatton said. "I couldn't have done any better.

"A fighter knows and I know it isn't there any more. I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton.

"I got in the best shape I possibly could and if I hadn't been hit with that body shot I would have just scraped over the line. But 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."

Hatton received applause from the packed media room, and it would be a surprise to nobody if he performed another U-turn on his decision, given that he led former world champion Senchenko after eight rounds. But on Saturday night The Hitman seemed adamant, revealing he will move to the next chapter of his life.

"I'm a happy man tonight. I don't feel like putting a knife to my wrists," Hatton said. "I have got the answers I needed. I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best."

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