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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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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."

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