Ricky Hatton’s illustrious career came to a painful end, both physically and emotionally on Saturday night, after he was knocked out in the ninth round by Ukranian Vyacheslav Senchenko. As the Hitman pulled himself up off the canvas to dejectedly lean on the ropes, the 20,000 strong Manchester crowd roared out ‘there’s only one Ricky Hatton’. It seemed an outpouring or respect, thanks and relief, for there couldn’t have been many people in the arena who doubted this would be the last time they would see this legend fighting again.
Ricky Hatton and Vyacheslav Senchenko both weighed in at 10st 6lb 10oz at Manchester Town Hall ahead of tonight’s big fight at the MEN Arena. The familiar chant of ‘One Ricky Hatton raised the roof. Could the Hitman really be back?
In this unique, one-off documentary special, Channel 5 gains exclusive, unprecedented access to the real Ricky Hatton, his girlfriend, his family and training team, as well as that of his imposing Ukrainian opponent and former world champion – Vyacheslav Senchenko. They go behind the scenes at both training camps in the build-up to the fight the nation is talking about – the return of arguably the most popular fighter the UK has ever produced.
Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton answers the questions his Twitter fans wanted to ask ahead of his clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24th.
Ricky Hatton has announced that he will face former welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko in his comeback fight on November 24.
At a press conference in Manchester this morning 'The Hitman' stressed that he wanted to lock horns with an opponent that will help him move towards another world title fight.
Senchenko, 32 - 1 (21 KOs), is ranked in the top five by the WBA and victory over him would set up a rematch with current belt holder Paulie Malignaggi, who Hatton defeated in late 2008.
Paul Malignaggi became a two-weight world champion on Sunday evening stopping previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth round to capture the WBA welterweight strap.
Fighting at the Donbass Arena in Senchenko's hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine, Brooklyn native Malignaggi took away the home crowd advantage almost immediately with a punishing attack from start to finish.