Hatton's Trainer: Ricky Looked Old in The Later Rounds

Ricky Hatton's return to the ring ended in defeat as he was knocked out by a ninth-round body shot from Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Hatton, 34, was back in the ring for the first time since a devastating second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in 2009, with many wondering if the Mancunian former two-weight world champion had anything left in the tank.

This 10-round welterweight comeback fight against Ukrainian former WBA champion Senchenko failed to really answer that question as Hatton laboured at times before succumbing to a painful body shot which left a packed Manchester Arena crowd devastated.

Hatton's trainer Bob Shannon admitted his charge seemed to be distracted by the explosive atmosphere that the Manchester Arena provided.

"He wouldn't give me any eye contact when we were in the ring and the noise was that bad when I was trying to get him to work his jab," he said.

"He had a few really good rounds and I thought 'right, he's settling now' and then he neglected to use his jab and his hands started coming down - everything we'd worked on in the gym.

"But you can't prepare someone for the big occasion and this is a big occasion.

"We're really, really disappointed. We knew the opponent was an excellent opponent. He was getting caught coming in. He lost his concentration probably after the fourth round and was getting caught.

"It's Ricky's mentality to catch one, give one. I think he basically exhausted after that round.

"That body punch took everything out of him."

The trainer also thought Hatton's ring rust was evident although he refused to speculate on the self-styled Hitman's future.

"Ricky has redeemed himself, he's put his life back, he's going to be massively disappointed without saying and so will all the team who are going to stand by him and see what we do from here," Shannon added on BBC Radio 5 Live

"He's not 24 anymore, he's 34. He's had three and a half years out and to me you could see that, he looked old in those (later) rounds.

"You can't beat youth at the end of the day. I'm going to sit down with him and have a good talk with him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mikeMack on 11-25-2012

Wee battered Rickyhatton's lost the support of the father he recently beat up. Ricky is an empty shell of man hollow inside and devoid of character. Drugs and booze have eaten away at the inner core of Hatton leaving a…

Comment by Tomasio on 11-25-2012

Hatton didn't look old!! He looked & fought just like the Hatton of always & for being out of the ring for 3 years that's good!! Except that for being 3 years off, he started throwing a lot of shots…

Comment by mathed on 11-24-2012

[QUOTE=AnthrAxNSB;12733413]Am I the only one that thought Ricky looked pretty good? I don't mean compared to prime Ricky; I mean relative to Senchenko. He was winning the fight, although Senchenko started getting off in those last three rounds. While he…

Comment by Lorily on 11-24-2012

Ricky looked emaciated to me. You could really tell after the fight, when he was doing the interview. He didn't look healthy at all IMO.

Comment by AnthrAxNSB on 11-24-2012

Am I the only one that thought Ricky looked pretty good? I don't mean compared to prime Ricky; I mean relative to Senchenko. He was winning the fight, although Senchenko started getting off in those last three rounds. While he…

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