One the best British fighters of all time, Ricky Hatton is universally regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world and his all-action style has earned him a huge fan base in his native Manchester and far beyond.
Nicknamed ‘The Hitman’ after Canadian wrestler Bret Hart, Hatton made a spectacular professional debut in 1997, knocking out Colin McAuley in the first round and his career has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Famed for his fierce body shots, the Mancunian’s greatest victory to date came against Australian Kostya Tszyu when the two fighters met to contest the IBF light welterweight crown in 2005. Tszyu was the defending champion and hot favourite but a sensational performance from Hatton saw The Hitman dethrone the Australian when he failed to come out for the 12th round.
Hatton stepped up to welterweight in 2006 when he fought American Luis Collazo and took the WBA crown on points after a gruelling fight. He moved back to light welterweight in 2007 when he faced highly-rated Colombian Juan Urango and his points victory saw him recapture the unified IBF and IBO titles.
His first professional defeat came later the same year when he was stopped in the 10th round by Floyd Mayweather Jnr in a welterweight world title fight in Las Vegas but Hatton remains one of the boxing world’s most successful and popular fighters.