Boxing enthusiasts will not need to be informed as to who the man behind this name is. For the benefit of those who are not so updated, Ricky Hatton is one of the newest names to make it big in the world of boxing. Born in 1978 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, he is also known by the moniker “The Hitman.”
And one heck of a hitman he is! Look at this list of achievements (courtesy of Wikipedia):
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 31 August 2006. Hatton is also the former WBU, WBA Light Welterweight Champion and WBC, WBA, WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion, and current Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight Champion.
He rings in an impressive 45 wins, 1 loss, and 0 draws. Of those wins, 32 of them were knockouts, 12 were by decision, and 1 by disqualification. And guess who he lost to? No less than Floyd Mayweather, Jr. That shows you just how good Ricky Hatton is.
Still, he is not without his faults. In fact, some detractors call him Ricky Fatton, referring to his propensity to be 25 to 40 pounds over his fight weight when he is not training for a fight. This has actually been used as an explanation for his sometimes sluggish performance. But hey, a full English breakfast before his fights has not stopped him from his wins, has it?