The Hitman stopped in 9 rounds

Last night the MEN saw the long awaited return to the ring of former 4 time world champion Ricky Hatton and after 3 1/2 years out of the ring and having to lose over 5 stone it all proved to much on an ask and the Manchester hero just didn’t have the old HITMAN PIZZAZZ on the night. Hatton started well but with his timing off from the years out just couldn’t stamp his authority on the bout and as the fight went on he was getting caught more by former world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko with the Ukrainian landing the fight ending punch a look hook to the body at the end of the 9th round.

Hatton went to the floor and just didn’t have the strength to continue even with all but a hand full  of the 20,000 crowd willing him on and got counted out by ref Victor Loughlin at 2.52 of the 9th.

This was a sad night for Hatton but he will go down in history and has been a credit to the sport of boxing over the years.

Ricky Hatton must have been proud as a promoter though with the camp winning in style – Martin Murray retained his interim WBA middleweight title in 6 round beating Venezuala’s Jorge Navarro with the towel coming in from the challengers corner at 1.40 of the round. Murray will now get another World title shot in 2013. Local up and coming Super-Bantam Scott Quigg beat Rendall Munroe in just 6 rounds after their previous clash earlier in the year ended in a no contest. Quigg whop was in control throughout landed 2 cracking left hooks to the body before the ref had seen enough. Another Hatton fighter light-middleweight Sergey Rabchenko beat Frenchman Cedric Vitu on point getting a split decision to retain his EBU title with 2 judges giving it to the man from Minsk 116-113, 116-113 and the other to Vitu 114-115.

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