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Ricky Hatton tries his hand at UFC in Hyde

Two months on from announcing his retirement from boxing, former world champion Ricky Hatton was back in the ring today, getting a crash-course in mixed martial arts by Liverpool's UFC fighter Paul Sass.

Ricky Hatton with Liverpool's UFC fighter Paul Sass Credit: ITV Granada

Sass is taking on American Danny Castillo at Wembley Arena next month.

Sass currently holds the world record for the most consecutive victories via a move called the triangle choke.



Hatton's trainer Bob Shannon admitted Ricky distracted by the explosive atmosphere "He wouldn't give me any eye contact when we were in the ring."

"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. "That body punch took everything out of him."

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