Ricky Hatton defeated in ninth round stoppage by Vyacheslav Senchenko
Saturday, 24 November 2012
*British boxer Ricky Hatton was defeated in a ninth round stoppage after being floored by Vyacheslav Senchenko on his return to the sport at Manchester’s MEN Arena.*
Ricky Hatton (left) made his boxing comeback at Manchester's MEN Arena against Vyacheslav Senchenko (Picture: Reuters)
The Mancunian announced he would be returning to the ring in September after a three year absence and his decision drew a mixed reaction from fellow boxers and pundits.But Hatton put up a good fight against a man who has only lost one professional fight, but in the end the Hitman's lack of ring time and fitness told as Senchenko won with a ninth round stoppage.
Hatton began round one in the same unforgiving manner which saw him become light welterweight and welterweight champion during his prime. And while Senchenko caught the Hitman on a couple of occasions, the Mancunian’s ferocious start clearly had him rattled.
The Ukrainian hit back in the second round which proved a more even affair, with Hatton swinging time and again but only connecting on the odd occasion. But it was in the third that 34-year-old Hatton came into his own, landing a flurry of shots with Sencheko pinned to the ropes.Ricky Hatton hit the canvas during the ninth round (Picture: Getty)The Hitman again looked to have shaded the fourth, but Senchenko started to find his form by round five, despite being caught full in the face by a Hatton right hook. The Englishman’s lack of ring time looked to be telling, as he struggled to sustain his early pace and was caught by the 35-year-old after dropping his guard at the end of the round.
And Senchenko’s confidence continued to escalate into the sixth round as he repeatedly breached Hatton’s defences, with Hatton himself swinging and missing.
The Ukrainian battled on through the seventh despite a cut – which caused his last fight against Paulie Malignaggi to be stopped - opening beneath his eye and he landed a powerful right fist on Hatton in what was another fairly even round.
But the eighth belonged to Senchenko as yet another powerful right-handed punch broke through Hatton’s defences.And Hatton's comeback dream was put to rest in round nine as a ferocious body shot from Senchenko put the former world champion flat out on the canvas to give the Ukrainian the win by stoppage, with Hatton departing the ring in tears.