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Hatton Says Claims of Wild Lifestyle During Career Were Overblown

By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star

RICKY HATTON retired from the sport of boxing for good in 2012 after an incredible career that wrote his name into British sporting history.

The Manchester man won world titles across two divisions, taking on some of the sport’s most revered and feared in the process.

Wins against Juan Urango, Kostya Tszyu and Paulie Malignaggi secured his legacy even before he stepped in to the ring to face all-time greats Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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But what some remember most fondly about the legendary fighter was his penchant for a pint – despite his career as a top class athlete.

He was once affectionately nicknamed “Ricky Fatton” – a moniker he accepted with a smile – as a nod to his fluctuating weight between fight camps.

During an interview with BBC boxing reporter Steve Bunce, the Hitman revealed what the reality was behind the scenes.

“I knew I couldn’t cut any corners because I put that much weight on I knew if I cheated in any area, whether it be going for food or having a drink, I would not make that weight,” he explained.

“I’d have my last pint of Guinness that Sunday, I’d put it down and say ‘listen lads, I’ll see you in 12 weeks, don’t bother phoning me, don’t bother speaking to me, see you in 12 weeks’.

“There’s only so many burgers you can eat and so many pints you can have.

“If I did everything people said I did I wouldn’t have won four world titles in two different divisions.”

The Manchester man retired in 2012 after an incredible career

Since hanging up the gloves, he turned his attentions to coaching, steering Zhanat Zhakiyanov to world championship glory to claim his first title as trainer.

The 38-year-old now has high hopes for British boxer Nathan Gorman, who he claims could be the next big thing in the heavyweight division.

“The kid had everything, power, chin, desire, heart, stamina,” Hatton told FrankWarren.com

“I was absolutely astounded that he’d only had 12 amateur fights and had only been boxing seriously for two and a half years.”

Bookies Betfair are currently offering 10/1 for Gorman, who is undefeated in 10 professional bouts, to win a WBC, WBA, WBO or IBF world title.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SugarRayCurtain on 10-22-2017

[QUOTE=roly;18152668]Castillo a C level fighter? Lol he might have been towards the end of his career but no one could call him that. hatton was the first person to KO him too.[/QUOTE] he certainly was when he fought Hatton Paulie…

Comment by JimmyD729 on 10-21-2017

[QUOTE=roly;18152668]Castillo a C level fighter? Lol he might have been towards the end of his career but no one could call him that. hatton was the first person to KO him too.[/QUOTE] Not true. Coralles had already KO'd Castillo

Comment by roly on 10-21-2017

[QUOTE=SugarRayCurtain;18151633]Apart from Kosta Tyzu who was old he beat nobody Urango and Castillo were C level fighters, when youre bragging about beating Paulie Malig on your record it means u have nothing e[/QUOTE] Castillo a C level fighter? Lol he…

Comment by bluepete on 10-21-2017

How much further off the rails do you need to go than whacking your dad with a left hook in a car park?

Comment by revelated on 10-21-2017

Ricky Hatton will forever be remembered for two things: TBE's check hook that sent him into a turnbuckle, and "Right Hook, Roll Under" that sent him stiff.

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