Hatton to retire from boxing

By Harold Kupel: Ricky Hatton is reportedly planning on stepping away from boxing and retiring from the sport. At 31, it’s looking like Hatton is going to retire after fighting for 13 years as a pro. Hatton last fought on May 2nd, and ended up getting knocked cold by Manny Pacquiao. Hatton went to a stag party last weekend in Tenerife, and told his friends he “no longer has the appetite to get into a ring and fight again. Recently, Hatton has gained a great deal of weight while away from the ring, and friends and family have urged Hatton to retire from boxing.

Hatton is expected to make an announcement about his plans on retiring shortly. For fans of Hatton, this will come as a great disappointment, as they were counting on seeing Hatton fight again in 2010 against Juan Manuel Marquez or possibly Amir Khan. If Hatton does indeed hang up his gloves at this point in his career, it would be a sad way of going out with the loss to Pacquiao being his last fight of his career.

However, perhaps for most boxers they often end their career with a defeat. Hatton’s knockout loss to Pacquiao was a particularly bad one, because Hatton was knocked unconscious for a few minutes. Maybe it's for the best that Hatton get out of boxing at this time before he gets seriously hurt.

Article posted on 07.03.2010

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