Ricky Hatton

Born on the 6th October 1978 in Stockport, and still living at his home with his parents in Hattersley, Hyde, Ricky Hatton was a relatively little known light welterweight boxer until he burst onto the national scene on 4th June 2005 with a dramatic victory over Kostya Tszyu at the MEN Arena in Manchester to become International Boxing Federation Light Welterweight Champion of the World.
Hatton, a self-confessed Manchester City Football Club fanatic, might easily have followed in his father's footsteps and played football for Man City, but chose boxing instead.
While still an amateur boxer, he lost to a Russian fighter in the semi-finals of the world championships in 1996 and was so disappointed with his own performance that he reputedly locked away his bronze medal in a drawer and has never looked at it since.

He turned professional in 1997, and beat Tommy Peacock before going on to defeat Jon Thaxton in a British title bout.
In 2001 he decicively beat Tony Pep to win the World Boxing Union title. Soon known simply as the "Hitman", Hatton gained a reputation as a ferocious, aggressive and focused f
ighter. He trains out of a backstreet gymnasium in Denton, and is frequently to be seen doing road work down Stockport Road in the early hours of the morning.

By the time he faced hard man Kostya Tszyu as the supposed underdog in the title fight in Manchester, Hatton had been undefeated in the 38 previous bouts. Before a crowd of local fans, his determination and power dominated Tszyu throughout,
forcing the Australian-based Russian, the hitherto so-called "Thunder from Down Under", to fail to continue beyond Round 11. Just now, the world seems to be Ricky's well-deserved oyster!

Taken from www.manchester2002-uk.com