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Hatton confirms his retirement

Updated: Thursday, 07 Jul 2011 14:28

Hatton - Was a professional for 14 years
Hatton - Was a professional for 14 years

Former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton has announced his retirement from boxing in a media briefing.

The 32-year-old last fought two years ago when he lost to Manny Pacquaio.

'The Hitman' had been linked with several big-name fighters since, most notably the only two men to beat him - Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr - but now has called time on his glittering 14-year professional career.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the Stockport-born fighter will announce his retirement this afternoon.

If he does retire, it will signal the end of a dramatic career that has seen him achieve success at welterweight and light-welterweight level.

Hatton beat Jon Thaxton to become the British light-welterweight champion in 2000 and went on to dominate the division, with his most notable victory at that weight coming in 2005 against IBF champion Kostya Tszyu.

Hatton then beat Carlos Maussa before moving up to welterweight where he defeated Luis Collazo to claim the WBA world title.

Rapidly earning a reputation as one of Britain's most popular sportsmen, Hatton went on to challenge Mayweather in Las Vegas.

Billed as the defining fight of his career, watched by millions around the world, Hatton failed to take the American's WBC welterweight title after being knocked out in the 10th round.

Undeterred by his first loss in boxing, Hatton returned to winning ways with victories over Juan Lazcano and Paulie Malignaggi before calling out pound-for-pound champion Pacquiao.

The two met at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in May 2009, when Hatton was knocked out cold in the second round to leave the Mancunian with a 45-2, 32KOs record.

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