Ricky Hatton: The Body Shot King
When a body shot is done right in boxing, it hurts. When you ask a lot of people who have boxed before about whether they would rather get hit with a head shot or a body shot - 9/10 of those people would say head shot just because a head shot would rock you while the body shot hits you right on the liver, your body could shut down. The worst part is after you get hit with it, there’s a space of a couple of seconds before it hits you - all of a sudden, you just struggle with breathing. Back to Hatton now, Ricky Hatton had a fantastic career and it’s time we take a look back at his whole career.
We’ll start off with the Hitman’s debut and that was a fight that took place in England on the 11th of September, 1997 against Colin McAuley. Hatton made quick work of McAuley and dispatched of him in the opening round. His next fight was a few months later in Madison Square Garden against Robbie Alvarez and after taking Alvarez to decision, he extended his winning wads to 2-0. He kept beating people with names such as: David Thompson, Mark Ramsey, Tommy Peacock (which was for the vacant British Central Area Light-Welterweight title), Mark Winters and even Tony Pep. In the fight against Pep, he won the vacant WBU light-welterweight championship and then went on to defend his belt 15 times.
After a while, Hatton started beating bigger names like Luis Collazo, Juan Urango and José Luis Castillo (who has previously lost to Mayweather). Next, it’s time for the big fight which shaped the course of his career - 43-0 Hatton battled it out with 38-0 Mayweather - someone’s 0 had to go and who’s 0 was it? Hatton’s - it was Hattons. The PPV did 920,000 in the US and 1,150,000 in the UK. Mayweather won in the 10th round due to TKO but Hatton continued his career.
After Hatton’s first defeat, he would return the following May to fight Juan Lazcano in which Hatton won by unanimous decision. He then fought Paulie Malignaggi in the MGM Grand and this was Hatton’s first fight in the arena since the Mayweather fight. Hatton then battled Manny Pacquiao in 2009 in a fight which was tag-lined “The Battle of East and West”. The fight didn’t last long and the Pac-man knocked Hatton out in the second round. Hatton retired but came out of retirement 3 years later in 2012 to fight Vyacheslav Senchenko and Senchenko knocked him out in the 9th round ending the career of the Hitman.
Ricky Hatton isn’t unknown to throwing body shots and more often than not, Hatton threw perfect body shots throughout his career and they did damage. Some boxers wheezed, some hit the canvas and some even called it quits, and yes some boxers also throw body shots but in my books, Hatton is the body shot king.