Hatton retires following defeat

Ricky Hatton announced his retirement from boxing after his ninth-round knockout by Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester last night.

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Ricky Hatton's boxing career ends in defeat

Ricky Hatton addresses the media after his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester last night.
Ricky Hatton addresses the media after his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester last night. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A teary eyed Hatton announced his retirement during the post-fight press conference.
A teary eyed Hatton announced his retirement during the post-fight press conference. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
'The Hitman' analyses his last boxing bout.
'The Hitman' analyses his last boxing bout. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Ricky Hatton: 'I burned the candle at both ends'

Ricky Hatton said he believes he would have retired tonight even if he had managed a win.

He said: "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.

– Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton: 'I haven't got it any more'

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."

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Ricky Hatton: 'I hurt him and was winning'

Ricky Hatton (right) in action with Vyacheslav Senchenko during the Welterweight bout at the Manchester Arena, Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ricky Hatton said he was not going to make any hasty decisions after he was beaten by a body shot.

He said: "I hurt him a few times, and I was winning.

"It was a good shot, I should have realised he was looking for that.

"I suppose that is what three-and-a-half years out of the ring does. I think I did alright - this guy only lost his unbeaten record in his last fight.

"I don't want to make any hasty decisions but I am really heartbroken. I am just gutted. I am not a failure, that is not how my career should end but I have to have a good think about it now."

Hatton coach: 'Ricky was distracted by noise'

Ricky Hatton (left) in action with Vyacheslav Senchenko during the Welterweight bout at the Manchester Arena, Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ricky Hatton cut a dejected figure in the ring after recovering from the crunching body shot which gave Vyacheslav Senchenko victory and stunned a previously raucous, 16,000-strong MEN Arena crowd into silence.

Hatton's trainer Bob Shannon admitted his boxer 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 added: "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."

Ricky Hatton 'heartbroken' as he is stopped in round nine

Ricky Hatton (right) in action with Vyacheslav Senchenko during the Welterweight bout at the Manchester Arena, Manchester.

Ricky Hatton has failed in his attempt to revive his boxing career as he was stopped by a body shot in round nine.

The Hitman made a solid start to the bout, but was left distraught after he was beaten by Vyacheslav Senchenko with a heavy punch to the body

Ricky said: "I thought I was four rounds up, but there are obviously signs of ring rust. I hurt him a couple of times."