Hatton Admits He Would Have Retired Even in Victory

Ricky Hatton announced his retirement from boxing after his ninth-round knockout by Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester, insisting: "I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it - and I haven't."

An emotional Hatton said he would devote his future to his family and his promotional activities after coming to the conclusion to call it a day despite having initially suggested he may consider fighting on.

A badly bruised Hatton said: "I found out tonight it isn't there no more. I'm a straight-shooter and I tell the truth. I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best, but there is always an excuse to find.

"I got in the best shape I possibly could but if I hadn't been hit with that body shot I would have just scraped over the line with a points win and I honestly think I would still be telling you all the same thing.

"A fighter knows and I know it isn't there any more. It's too many hard fights, I've burned the candle at both ends, I've put my body through the mire in and out of the ring but it doesn't matter how hard I train, I couldn't have done any better.

"I'm a happy man tonight. I don't feel like putting a knife to my wrists. I have got the answers I needed. I got the opportunity and I got the answers and no matter how upsetting it is, I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton."

The 34-year-old's 10-round welterweight comeback fight was his first time back in the ring 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.

Hatton laboured at times before succumbing to a painful body shot which left a packed Manchester Arena crowd devastated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Light_Speed on 11-26-2012

[QUOTE=CraigM;12736180]hmmmm... makes me wonder why he had the fight, sure he was talking world title fights before the fight. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] Yup he even said it in the post fight interview "the idea was to beat…

Comment by chaos on 11-26-2012

[QUOTE=mikeMack;12736985]Hatton was a terrible fighter very little skills with an abused Elf body that was depleted and shot and drained by years of chronic drug abuse and drinking.[B] Hatton was a a pint sized midget[/B] way overrated and not very…

Comment by A-Wolf on 11-25-2012

Hatton is drama. He should have lowered his expectations a bit. He fought well. Senchenko is clearly a guy he would have steamrolled at a different time in his career. If he wants to go out like this it's on…

Comment by mrbigshot on 11-25-2012

[QUOTE=Andrew5550;12735989]You clearly know absolutely nothing about Ricky Hatton.[/QUOTE] i know enough about ricky hatton to know that the guy is a fraud he makes out he his one of the people, he his not look how he has treated his…

Comment by Ringlife on 11-25-2012

Even if Hatton would have beaten that guy last night. I still would have wanted Hatton to retire. He showed a lot of ring rust and was getting hit a lot in this fight.

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