Classic Bout – Ricky Hatton vs Kostya Tszyu
This entry was posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012
June 4th 2005.
As the hitman prepares to return to the ring for a much-awaited comeback, what better time could there be to look back at the time when he was any good; his finest hour, the destruction of the Thunder from Down Under at the MEN, in front of 22,000 mad-fer-it fans.
At that time, Hatton was an unknown across the world, whereas his opponent was one of the finest pound-for-pound boxers in the world, the first man to unify the light welterweight division in thirty years. The Aussie was unbeaten in eight years.
Hatton won the first two rounds, however the champion qualities of Tszyu began to shine through in rounds 3–5 as he settled into his rhythm. The fight got a little bit naughty soon after, with Tszyu knocking Hatton to the canvas in the closing stages of the seventh with an illegal low blow, and the Manc responding with a deliberate low blow in the ninth.
Going into the twelfth, Tszyu dramatically failed to emerge from his corner for the final round. Ricky Hatton’s bravery and stamina had wound down even the greatest of champions. To view the fight click here (part 1) and here (part 2.)
Ricky Hatton returns this Saturday night at Manchester Arena, fighting Vyacheslav Senchenko live on Primetime Television. We’re not convinced this will end too well Hatton has always been longer on balls than brains, so we like backing the Ukranian to win by KO/TKO at 6.4 with our good friends at Betfair.