British boxing star Ricky Hatton says he is retiring for good following his defeat via TKO in the ninth round of his comeback fight against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko.
The Hatton-Senchenko fight took place Saturday at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The fight was Hatton's first post retirement match since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
Snchenkco, who has a career record of 32 wins with only one loss, is a former WBA welterweigh champion. Read more.
Hatton started off aggressively in the early rounds and was leading on points after he staggered the Ukrainian with a solid left hook in the fourth round, forcing Senchenko to retreat.
Having an advantage over his opponent both in height and in reach, Senchenko used his jabs which mostly landed on targets.
In the seventh round, Senchenko landed a solid left hook which effectively neutralized Hatton's relentless attacks.
The end came on the ninth round when Senchenko landed a powerful shot on Hatton's liver which sent the British idol down the canvas. Hatton tried to beat the count by the referee but he just couldn't make it.
At the end of the fight and as he faced the media, Hatton said he is retiring for good.
"I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it - and I haven't," Hatton told a post-fight news conference. "I found out tonight it isn't there no more.
"I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best, but there is always an excuse to find.
"I got in the best shape I possibly could but if I hadn't been hit with that body shot I would have just scraped over the line with a points win and I honestly think I would still be telling you all the same thing.
"A fighter knows and I know it isn't there any more. I got the opportunity and I got the answers and, no matter how upsetting it is, I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton," he added.
Hatton will be retiring with three losses in his professional boxing career. His first defeat was against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Jr. while his second loss was against eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.