After a 31/2 year exile from the sport he loves, Ricky Hatton (45-3, 33 KOs) showed some of his old fire but it wasn't enough as Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KOs) stopped him in round nine at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
came out aggressively in the opening stanza. Senchenko, with a height
advantage of at least three inches, stuck his left in Hatton’s face.
Hatton, 34, and looking trim, moved forward. Every movement he made drew
roars from his rabid fans. Hatton landed a good right on the chin of
Senchenko. Hatton dug a nice left right to the body. Senchenko landed a
right to Hatton’s jaw that had no effect.
In round two, Hatton
landed an overhand right. Senchenko was finding the aggressiveness of
Hatton problematical. His jab was short. His right again connected, but
did nothing. Hatton was walking in and loading up. He ran into another
left, but countered with his own right hand.
Hatton upped the
ante in round three. He landed two hard right hands that knocked
Senchenko back a step. Senchenko beckoned for more. Hatton landed
another good right while Senchenko languished on the ropes. Senchenko ‘s
right hand found Hatton’s face at the bell. Hatton kept pressuring
Senhenko in round four. He landed a right to the head and left to the
body. Senchenko landed a double right that stung Hatton. Hatton landed a
left hook at the bell.
In round five, Hatton went to the body
of his opponent. Senchenko tried to box and move. His jab was finally
finding Hatton’s face. Hatton’s punches still carried more pop.
Senchenko continued to use his jab in round six. Hatton was reaching a
bit too much. He ate a left and right.
Through six rounds this
writer had Hatton ahead. Senchenko had come to Manchester to win. Hatton
looked a little tired entering the next heat. Some blood appeared under
the left eye of Senchenko. Hatton was still getting hit with too many
The crowd roared as Hatton landed a double left
hook to the body of Senchenko. Hatton’s right eye was swollen. He was
missing punches. He was growing more and more weary as the fight
progressed. Senchenko was finding him more consistently. In round nine,
Hatton was in search of his second wind. The fight was tightening up.
Hatton hit Senchenko with a solid jab. With less then a minute to go in
the round, Senchenko landed a hard left hook to the side of Hatton’s
body. The former four-time champion crumbled to the canvas in obvious
pain. He tried to pull himself up but couldn’t beat the count.
The time was 2:26 seconds of round nine.
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