By Marcus Richardson: Sky Sports is reporting that Ricky Hatton has decided to end his boxing career and retire following his loss tonight to Vyacheslav Senchenko. Hatton was taken out with a left hand body shot in the 9th round tonight at the Manchester, England. It was Hatton’s first fight in over 3 1/2 years, and he fought fairly well for someone coming off of that kind of a layoff. After the fight Hatton said “I don’t want to make any hasty decisions.”
If Hatton keeps his word and actually retires then it’s a sad way to end his career because he didn’t go into this comeback fight the right way. There was no tune-up fight after a long layoff and he had taken off so much weight recently, and it’s hard to fathom a fighter losing 70 pounds and then expecting to do well. For a fighter that lost that kind of weight, Hatton did a good job. But obviously it was too much to ask for him to overcome all these obstacles and win the fight.
Hatton retiring does seem like a hasty decision and he probably should have sat down and thought things through before coming up with a retirement decision. Right now he’s probably feeling pretty bad and not seeing things clearly.
Hatton appeared to have a slight lead in the fight at the time of the stoppage, although he didn’t look like he was going to be able to hold the lead to the end of the fight. Hatton was pretty tired and taking a lot of hard shots from the bigger, faster Ukrainian Senchenko.