Remembering The Hitman, Wins For Quigg, Murray

By Niall Doran

Well the weekend’s boxing results and in particular comeback for many loyal fans (including myself) of Ricky Hatton didn’t turn out as we wanted. He did everything right before the fight by getting himself into fantastic shape. But it just wasn’t meant to be on the night. Ricky started great but after about the fourth round his hands began to drop and you could see he was visibly tired and his timing was way off. It was almost like watching Ricky Hatton’s ghost and in the 9th round a devastating body shot (ironically the hitman’s trademark punch) finished him off. Afterwards an emotional hitman gave an interview that was very hard to watch as a loyal fan of Ricky since the very start of his career. I was delighted to hear him call it a day in the post fight conference and I for one would like to wish him a very happy and successful life in whatever he does from hear on out, whether it be as a trainer or a promoter. He provided me with some fantastic memories and was inspirational not only in his fighting but also in the way he conducted himself outside the ring, always humble and never changed with his success, ever. He amassed probably the largest and most loyal following a boxer has ever had, bringing thousands of supporters across the Atlantic to cheer him on during a time of economic recession and winning world titles at two weight divisions. He will certainly go down as one of the most loved and exciting fighters the Britain ever produced. Enjoy your retirement Ricky.

Elsewhere in boxing results, also on the card Scott Quigg looked sensational stopping Rendall Munroe in the 6th round. This is surely going to lead to a big fight for Scott next year and solidified the recent decision of the boxing writer’s to award him young British boxer of the year. A clash with him and Carl Frampton next year would be electric! Also St Helen’s Martin Murray put himself in pole position again for another crack at the world title with a sensational sixth-round stoppage of Venezuela’s Jorge Navarro in Manchester. He will be sure to make good this time around after the controversial draw to Felix Sturm earlier this year.

Stateside Robert Guerrero had a fantastic win over Andre Berto in Ontario California winning a unanimous 12 round decision knocking Berto down twice along the way and almost closing up both of his eyes with swelling. After the fight Guerrero called out Floyd Mayweather but it is debatable if Floyd would even consider the fight.

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