42-year-old Richard John Hatton (born 6 October 1978) is a British former professional boxer.

Ricky has participated in various competitions between 1997 and 2012 and since then has been working as a boxing promoter and trainer.

During his boxing career, he held one world championship at welterweight and multiple world championships at light-welterweight.

BoxRec, a website dedicated to documenting updated records of professional and amateur boxers ranks Hatton as 5th greatest British fighter of all time and the 11th greatest European fighter of all time, pound for pound.

The Ring magazine, the Boxing Writers Association of America, and ESPN, all named him as the Fighter of the Year back in 2005.

Hatton won the WBU title in 2000 along with the British light-welterweight title. Furthermore, between 2001 and 2004, he made a record-breaking fifteen successful defenses of the former.

In 2005, after defeating Kostya Tszyu for the IBF, Ring, and lineal titles, Hatton reached the peak of his career.

He became a unified light-welterweight world champion following a victory over Carlos Maussa to claim the WBA (Super) title later that year. 

He made his welterweight debut in 2006 to win a world title against Luis Collazo (WBA champion) in his second weight class.

In 2007, he made a return to light-welterweight and for the second time, he won the vacant IBF title along with the IBO title.

In an attempt to win the WBC, Ring, and lineal welterweight titles in the same year against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Hatton suffered a career-first defeat.

The defeat against Mayweather had a severe impact on Hatton and that resulted in him losing out his IBO, Ring, and lineal light-welterweight titles to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.

For the following years, rumors of a comeback continued to circulate in the media. This was after Hatton’s career was put on a long pause.

Hatton announced his retirement in 2011 from the sport. However, he confirmed his comeback in 2012, more than three years after his last fight.

In his first match after he came back, he lost the fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko. This made him immediately announce his final retirement.

Hatton had some of the most supportive fans in the world considering that they traveled in their tens of thousands across the Atlantic to support him.

He was praised as one of the most beloved and popular British boxers of all time.

Ricky weighs 64 kgs and he is 5 ft 7 in tall.

Early life

Hatton was born in Stockport, a town in the southeast of Manchester. However, he was raised on the Hattersley council estate in Greater Manchester, England.

He received his training at the Sale West ABC (Racecourse Estate).

Hatton attended the Hattersley High School. Both his father and grandfather played Football for Rochdale.

In Hyde, Hatton found a local boxing club for his training. His entrance music is ‘Blue Moon’ by the band ‘Supra’ which is also the Manchester City club song.

His uncles Ged and Paul took him to watch the second fight between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium when he was 14 years old.

His father made him a salesman after he had cut four of his fingers with a Stanley knife following his tenure with the family carpet business.

Career

At the 1996 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, Ricky represented his country and won seven British titles.

In the semi-finals, his elimination caused a lot of controversies when after the fight, four of the five judges awarded Hatton the contest. But the fifth judge gave his opponent 16 points which made Hatton lose the match.

Afterward, the judge confessed that he was disillusioned by the amateur governing bodies and bribed.

With fellow boxers including Carl Thompson and Michael Gomez, Hatton was based at Billy “The Preacher” Graham’s gym in Moss Side.

He turned professional at the age of 18.

At the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 8, 2007, the boxing super-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBC & The Ring welterweight champion) and Ricky Hatton (The Ring light welterweight champion) took place. 

This fight was hyped a lot by the British media who termed it as a fight between Britain and America. As a result, many people from both countries had an interest in this fight.

In the first to the third round of the fight, Ricky was totally over Mayweather as he was landing heavy punches on him. Some of the punches even made him lose his balance.

In the third round, Mayweather landed a punch above Ricky’s right eye and in the sixth round, Joe Cortez, the referee took a point from Ricky when he landed a punch at the back of Mayweather’s head.

Ricky also got angry with the referee over this scene.

After the sixth round, Mayweather sensed that Ricky was getting exhausted time-by-time. So he did not let this opportunity go to waste and started landing a flurry of punches.

Coming down to the tenth round, Mayweather got Ricky disoriented after a left hook that had knocked him down.

Another left hook caused Hatton to stagger over backwards.

Mayweather seized the moment and jumped on him again and the white towel was drawn from Hatton’s corner.

Controversy

Ricky Hatton has revealed that he was a cocaine addict and was also allegedly caught on video snorting cocaine.

A video of him surfaced where at a party he was captured cutting the drug (cocaine) into lines with his credit card before he rolled his banknote to snort.

The news about him was out all over the media. He had seven lines of cocaine, 11 pints of beer, including two glasses of wine and four vodka shots.

He vowed to go to rehab after all this incident.

Personal life

Hatton set up a trust fund for his son, Campbell. He was conceived after Hatton had a short reconciliation with his ex-girlfriend Claire.

He set up the fund to make sure his son was always provided for and sees him every day.

Real nameRichard John Hatton
NicknameThe Hitman
The Manchester Mexican
The Pride of Hyde
Fatton
WeightLight-welterweight
Welterweight
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Born6 October 1978
Age42
NationalityBritish

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