Richard "Ricky" Hatton MBE (born October 6, 1978, in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England), is a British boxer. He is seen by many as one of the most popular British fighters of all time. He is more commonly known as Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton.
Hatton is a two-time IBF and IBO Light Welterweight Champion, having relinquished the IBF belt, only to step back down to the weight class and beat Juan Urango. He was the WBA Welterweight Champion, but relinquished this title on August 31, 2006. Hatton is also the former WBU, WBA Light Welterweight Champion and WBC, WBA, WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion, and current Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion.
Both his grandfather and father played for Rochdale A.F.C. , and Ricky had a trial for the youth team. But Hatton found a local boxing club in Hyde, which he still trains at, and found he enjoyed the sport. Hatton's entrance music is the Manchester City club song "Blue Moon" as performed by the band "Supra." Aged 14, Hatton was taken by his uncles Ged and Paul to Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium to watch the second fight between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank. Hatton joined the family carpet business on leaving school, but after he cut four of his fingers with a Stanley knife, his father made him a salesman to prevent him from losing his fingers.
Hatton's debut fight was on 10 September 1997 against Colin McAuley in Widnes at Kingsway Leisure Centre (he won by a KO in 1), while in his second fight Hatton boxed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In 2000, Hatton overcame one of his toughest fights when he beat Jon Thaxton on points. Hatton was cut badly early on in the fight, and some say the fight should have been stopped. Still, Hatton showed great heart to come through.
On 5 June 2005 Hatton beat Kostya Tszyu, then widely regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world by a technical knockout after the Australian failed to answer the bell for the 12th round. Hatton was a heavy underdog for this fight, and the victory announced his entry to the upper echelons of the world boxing scene. Prior to the fight the majority of boxing critics had given Hatton little or no chance and this victory was regarded as one of the best victories by an English boxer in the last 20 years. On 26 November 2005 Hatton won the WBA title when he defeated Carlos Maussa in the ninth round of a unification bout. In December, Hatton was named the 2005 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year.
Hatton relinquished his IBF belt on 29 March, 2006 after refusing to fulfil a mandatory defence against number one contender Naoufel Ben Rabah, because he intended to move up to the welterweight class. Hatton signed a three fight contract with Dennis Hobson's fight academy after splitting from long time promoter Frank Warren. The three fights would take place in America.
Hatton was forced to relinquish his IBF title again on 10 February, to be able to fight Castillo. The fight was held on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In round four, Hatton landed a "perfect" left hook to the liver, which put Castillo to the canvas. Ricky later claimed that 4 of Castillo's ribs were broken with this one punch. Unable to stand up, Castillo was counted out for the first time in his career. Hatton retained the IBO Light Welterweight championship, with his record now standing at 43 fights, 43 wins, with 31 coming by way of knockout.
Hatton was able to bring the fight to Mayweather in the early rounds. In the 1st round Hatton caught Mayweather with a left jab which knocked Mayweather off balance. His constant pressure appeared to make Mayweather uncomfortable at first. In round six, referee Joe Cortez took a point away from Hatton after he appeared to hit Mayweather on the back of the head while Mayweather was rested between the ropes. However, the punch was revealed to have hit the rope rather than Mayweather's head but Hatton was warned for punching behind the head on numerous occasions before the deduction. Hatton became angry at the referee's decision to deduct a point from him and turned his back on him in frustration. Hatton would later claim that he had became angry by the referee and that had caused him to lose his calm and contributed to his downfall. Hatton was able to hold his own, until round eight, when Mayweather began to adapt to Hatton and started counterattacking. Mayweather knocked Hatton to the mat in Round 10. Hatton got up, but Mayweather quickly resumed his attack, resulting in Joe Cortez putting a stop to the fight, and Hatton's corner threw in the towel. Mayweather commented post-match that "Ricky Hatton is one tough fighter. He is still a champion in my eyes and I'd love to see him fight again. "Ricky Hatton is probably one of toughest competitors I've faced. I hit him with some big ones but he kept coming and I can see why they call him the 'Hitman'. The fight received large amounts of publicity, with both fighters promoting the fight heavily.
Ricky Hatton will fight Paulie Malignaggi of the United States at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on November 22 of this year for Hatton's IBO Light Welterweight title. . He will be trained for this fight by Floyd Mayweather, Sr.
Regarding his nickname, Ricky said, "I've always been a fan of Tommy Hearns, and everybody associates that that's where I got it from, but everybody's a Tommy Hearns fan. I got the nickname the first day I walked in the gym. I was 10 years old and put a pair of gloves on and started walloping the bag, and my amateur coach said, 'Look at him, look how evil he is. He's a little Hitman.'"
Hatton is sometimes referred to by boxing fans as "Ricky Fatton" because he's been known to allow himself to weigh as much as 175 to 180 pounds (35 to 40 pounds over his fight weight) when he's not in training for a fight. Ever since Hatton turned professional, he has always opted to eat a full English breakfast before fights - his favourite place in Hyde is The Butty Box in Mottram Road, where he was interviewed by Gaby Logan for Inside Sport; and he is known to drink Guinness on Thursday night when he plays darts for the New Inn. Hatton defends his diet, citing that he plans to retire within the next four major bouts - experts have used his ill-balanced diet, akin to Jake La Motta's ballooning up between fights, to explain his poor performances in recent fights, and nature to tire towards the end of fights. Hatton also appeared on ITV1's daytime show Loose Women in August 2007, stating that the reason why he puts on weight between fights is because "I have a lot on my plate at the moment".
Hatton appeared on the Friday Night with Jonathan Ross show in March 2007. When the host, Ross placed some pads on his hands and gave Hatton gloves to hit them with, he knocked a pad clean off Ross's hand with a powerful left hook. Interviewed on ITV1's Parkinson on October 13 2007, at the beginning of the interview, Hatton handed Michael Parkinson a custom made pair of boxing shorts with 'Mike' and 'Parky' written on them, the shorts had the Barnsley FC emblem on them and were coloured red and blue, Barnsley FC's colours, because Parkinson supports Barnsley FC. While talking about Floyd Mayweather's arrogance, Hatton said "if there was such a thing as re-incarnation, Floyd would come back as himself".
Hatton has recently started hosting his own live chat show called Ricky Speaks on Sunday 11pm on Nuts.TV(sky guide 196 / freeview 42).
Hatton has a son, Campbell, conceived after a short reconciliation with ex-girlfriend Claire. Long before he was a big-money earner, Hatton set up a trust fund to make sure his son was always provided for, and sees him every day.
Hatton has attracted many fans who are very vocal in their support during fights. The main chant is a modified version of the popular Christmas song "Winter Wonderland", with the lyrics changed to promote Hatton;
There's only one Ricky Hatton,
One Ricky Hatton,
Singing this song,
Walking in a Hatton wonderland.
Hatton fans also like to taunt the opponent by singing "Who are ya?", a popular British football chant.
|44 Wins (33 knockouts, 9 decisions, 1 disqualification), 1 Loss, 0 Draws|
|Win||Juan Lazcano||Decision||12||June 24, 2008||Manchester, UK|
|Loss||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||TKO||10 , 1:35||December 8, 2007||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||José Luis Castillo||KO||4 , 2:16||June 23, 2007||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||Juan Urango||KO||12||January 20, 2007||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||Luis Collazo||Decision||12||May 13, 2006||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||Carlos Maussa||KO||9 , 1:10||November 26, 2005||Sheffield, UK|
|Win||Kostya Tszyu||TKO||11 , 3:00||June 4, 2005||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Ray Oliveira||KO||10 , 1:38||December 11, 2004||London, UK|
|Win||Michael Stewart||TKO||5 , 2:57||October 1, 2004||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Carlos Vilchés||KO||12||June 12, 2004||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Dennis Pedersen||TKO||6 , 2:32||April 3, 2004||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Ben Tackie||Decision||12||December 13, 2003||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Aldo Nazareno Rios||TKO||10 , 0:01||September 27, 2003||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Vince Phillips||Decision||12||April 5, 2003||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Joe Hutchinson||KO||4 , 1:16||December 14, 2002||Newcastle, UK|
|Win||Stephen Smith||Disqualification||2||September 28, 2002||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Eamonn Magee||Decision||12||June 1, 2002||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Mikhail Krivolapov||TKO||9||February 9, 2002||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Justin Rowsell||TKO||2||December 15, 2001||London, UK|
|Win||Freddie Pendleton||KO||2||October 27, 2001||Manchester, UK|
|Win||John Bailey||TKO||5||September 15, 2001||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Jason Rowland||KO||4 , 2:08||July 7, 2001||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Tony Pep||TKO||4||March 26, 2001||London, UK|
|Win||Jon Thaxton||Decision||12||October 21, 2000||London, UK|
|Win||Ross Tilley||TKO||5 , 1:57||September 23, 2000||London, UK|
|Win||Gilbert Quiros||KO||2||June 10, 2000||Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||Ambioris Figuero||KO||4||May 16, 2000||Warrington, UK|
|Win||Pedro Alonso Teran||TKO||4||March 25, 2000||Liverpool, UK|
|Win||Leoncio Garces||TKO||3||January 29, 2000||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Mark Winters||KO||4 , 0:51||December 11, 1999||Liverpool, UK|
|Win||Bernard Paul||TKO||4||October 9, 1999||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Mark Ramsey||Decision||6||July 17, 1999||Doncaster, UK|
|Win||Dillon Carew||TKO||5||May 29, 1999||Halifax, UK|
|Win||Brian Coleman||KO||2||April 3, 1999||London, UK|
|Win||Tommy Peacock||TKO||2||February 27, 1999||Oldham, UK|
|Win||Paul Denton||KO||6||December 19, 1998||Liverpool, UK|
|Win||Kevin Carter||KO||1||October 31, 1998||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||Pascal Montulet||KO||2||September 19, 1998||Oberhausen, Germany|
|Win||Anthony Campbell||Decision||6||July 18, 1998||Sheffield, UK|
|Win||Mark Ramsey||Decision||6||May 30, 1998||Bristol, UK|
|Win||Karl Taylor||TKO||1||April 18, 1998||Manchester, UK|
|Win||Paul Salmon||KO||1||March 27, 1998||Telford, UK|
|Win||David Thompson||KO||1 , 1:25||January 17, 1998||Bristol, UK|
|Win||Robbie Alvarez||KO||4||December 19, 1997||New York City, New York|
|Win||Colin McAuley||TKO||1||September 11, 1997||Widnes, UK|