Originally Posted by Earl Hickey
Firstly, he has made the right decision to retire, and I hope he doesn't go back on it.
For the fight itself, I actually thought Hatton looked pretty good considering a variety of reasons
1. The Drug and Alcohol abuse
2. getting back into shape after 3 years
3. not having fought or even spared for 3 years
4. the (relatively) quality of opponent
I think Ricky made a mistake in coming back at this level. He should have fought a tune up style opponent first out, it's what I said when he announced his comeback. He should have gone for a domestic guy like Peter McDonagh, over 8 rounds, so he goes the 8 and can see what needs to be worked on.
You could see from looking at him that although he was "in shape" the muscle was soft, his body wasn't solid, it was like a work in process.
The sharpness wasn't there, and neither was the engine, he was awfully tired by the 9th
I think he could have done better in this comeback if he'd been a bit more realistic, and taken tune ups.
George Foreman fought several tin cans when he came back, most guys do, but ricky was arrogant.
He doesn't have the mentality to be in boxing anymore, if he did, I wouldnt mind to see him have another go, as i think he can still fight, I think his body is run down, but salvagable under the right regime, but mentally he just isn't right and enough is enough now.
You are correct in almost everything you write, in my opinion, although Foreman didn't fight just "several", before he lost to Holyfield, he fought "all". He fought 22 of the Palooka variety, plus Gerry Cooney, who although he only had 2 losses, at 35 was 8 years removed from his great battle with Larry Holmes, and was well past it. He'd had only about 10 rds total since Holmes, and none at all for the previous 3-4 years in which he was KO'd.. So he could have also been classed as a Palooka. He was just a name, nothing more.