Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton really needs no introduction to boxing fans.
Born: 6 October 1978 in Manchester, UK.
48 Fights 45 wins (32 by KO) 3 losses
Once dubbed ‘The Manchester Mexican’, Ricky Hatton first became known for his thrilling, all-action fighting style.
After winning the senior ABA light-welterweight title, Ricky embarked a pro career which made him a household name across the country and the across the world.
In 1999 he won the Central Area crown with a second round stoppage of Tommy Peacock. In that same year he was also voted as the Boxing Writer’s ‘Young Boxer of the Year’.
After a series of further wins Ricky jumped up to British title class in October 2000 and, despite suffering a nasty cut early on, he rallied to defeat Jon Thaxton on points.
The Hitman soon gave up the domestic crown and began to face more international opposition in a WBU title reign which spanned more than four years.
In that time he beat the likes of Eamonn Magee, Vince Phillips, Ben Tackie and Ray Oliveira, but his biggest glory came in the summer of 2005 when he ripped the IBF crown out of the possession of Aussie/Russian legend Kostya Tszyu.
Going into the contest, Ricky was a huge underdog but he took the champion’s best blows and outworked him with his trademark swarming assualts.
Five months later he added the WBA crown to his collection with a stunning knockout of the unorthodox Carlos Maussa in Sheffield.
These two victories were enough to earn Ricky Ring magazine’s coveted ‘Fighter of the Year’ award.
After inking a deal with HBO in 2006, Ricky went Stateside and became a two weight world champion by beating Luis Collazo in Boston.
Another world crown by accured in early 2007 when he moved back down to light-welterweight to regain the IBF title with a lopsided verdict over teak tough Colombian Juan Urango.
Since then he’s scored stunning wins over Jose Luis Castillo, Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Lazcano.
His only defeats have come against pound for pound greats Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, and Vyacheslav Senchenko in an ill fated but enthalling comeback fight at the Manchester Arena.
Ricky Hatton: The Road to Redemption
After a three year absence from boxing, Ricky speaks candidly about the high and low points of his career in this one hour special. Much has been written about Hatton’s breakdown, alcoholism and depression but ‘Road to Redemption’ presents an inside look and hears from the man himself about his past dark days and his motivation for returning to boxing.
With exclusive access to Ricky’s fight camp, family and team the show follows Ricky on his emotional, physical and personal journey, as he strives to make Manchester, boxing and Britain proud again. here is the film..
Ricky’s Final Fight Highlights