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Ricky Hatton will call time on his career in the ring in a press conference next week, Sky Sports News has revealed.
The former world champion had planned to face Juan Manuel Marquez in a summer comeback clash and had been at a training camp in an attempt to get into shape.
However, his training has reportedly not been a success, leading the Hitman to admit he can no longer perform at the highest level.
Hatton was reported to be so devastated by the realisation that his career was over that his girlfriend, mum and dad flew out to his camp in Tenerife to comfort him.
The 31-year-old, who has won world titles at two different weights during his 47-fight career, turned professional in 1997 with a TKO of Colin McAuley in Widnes.
Hatton suffered the first loss of his career against Floyd Mayweather in 2007, but returned five months later to claim the IBO light welterweight title by beating Juan Lazcano.
A comprehensive win over Paulie Malignaggi seemed to get Hatton back on track but a stunning knockout by Manny Pacquiao looks to have now been his last appearance in the ring.
He has not fought since that fight Las Vegas last May, but confirmed plans for a 2010 comeback last December.
That realisation comes to everyone eventually mate. You cannot keep punishing yourself for losing to two great champions. You have been a superb champion yourself and you are loved by so many. Good luck to you Ricky, just enjoy retirement and your family and just remember that you have been fantastic to watch in and out of the ring.
Posted 19:46 13th March 2010
A true legend, would have loved to watch him fight and retire in style, but if he doesn't believe it is in him anymore, then it is the right decision. He walks away with no shame. Long live Hatton!
Posted 19:36 13th March 2010
Ricky Hatton thanks for the memories. I for one was absolutely made up when you decided to come back for one last hurrah, but was really nervous at the thought that the legend that you are would possibly lose to someone who isnt fit to lace your gloves. Ricky Hatton is a English working class hero loved by all, from a scouser to a lad from manchester, you will always be remembered as the greatest boxer britain has produced. Good Luck Ricky!!
Posted 19:33 13th March 2010
As an Irishman I can say very few english sportsman have inspired the following and love that Ricky Hatton did over here, probably he is the only one ever and that in itself tells you enough. The man is is an absolute legend and I am proud to say I followed his amazing career from the start. Hatton vs Tszu I watched live on tv and still to this day the best fight Ive ever seen, a man's will to overcome anything regardless of pain. One of the most courageous and brave fighters ever to live in my opinion, coupled with an incredible humbleness outside the ring that made him loved by so many. A truly inspirational human being but a down to earth fella as well, would love to go for a pint with him someday!ha Ricky man enjoy your retirement and every penny you earned thanks for d memories, take it easy on the ol booze and takeaways though!haha
Posted 19:28 13th March 2010
ricky you are a true legend as a person and to the sport.you have been a great fighter and entertainer and you will be truely missed.i think you have made the right decision if your heart is no longer in it.all the best.
Posted 18:44 13th March 2010
The king is dead long live the king.Ricky you are a boxing legend hold your head up high, you've made the right decision theres no shame in realising that. You will be missed by many but you are your bringing through the next generation of boxers through your promotions good luck for the future. I allways admired your heart and the never die attitude. All the people who have been going on about Hatton would have beaten Amir this proves he wouldnt Ricky aint in the shape i wish he was id love to see that fight, but i still think Ricky would have lost be it on points or k.o. When Ricky asked Freddi Roach to train him for hs next fight Freddi said no because he said Hatton should have retired after the Pacman fight, Fredis a winner and trains fighters he thinks are capable of winning, he didnt see that in Hatton. Anyway i wish i could hear Michael buffer say 'Ricky The Hitman' once again but he won't good luck Ricky your a boxing great and you are a legend, I respect you more than Joe Calzaghie you fought the greats in they prime not bumms who were about to retire and wanted 1 last pay package like Joe did he was a slapper not a boxer, You however was a LEGEND
Posted 18:25 13th March 2010
A true legend that can only encourage kids to follow in his footsteps. I'm proud to say i followed Ricky Hatton! well done Ricky!
Posted 18:18 13th March 2010
I have to say I am dissapointed I wont have the chance to watch Ricky fight again. I thought he could have beaten both Marquez and Khan. After that he could have retired or taken another shot at either Pacman or Mayweather. You can have all the debates but the only person who knows for sure if he should retire or not is Ricky himself. If his heart is not 100% in it theres no point going on in the sport as he could get badly hurt. What a career he has had tho. He is one of the best fighters of all time and no one can take that away from him. How many other British boxers challenged for the p4p title twice and took thousands of fans to Vegas on more than one occasion. I used to box at amatuer level and after I gave it up I went thru a spell where I wasnt watching much boxing or taking much of an interest in the sport but after watching Ricky beat Kostya it reignited my passion for the sport and Ive been hooked ever since. Ive followed Ricky's career with great interest and I am a huge fan. All the best Ricky. Ps lay off the kebabs and shed a few pounds or your in danger of being tempted out of retirement by Danny Williams.
Posted 17:39 13th March 2010
I am very sad, shocked and disappointed to hear this news. As a massive Hatton follower, I was hoping to see him in the ring once more with his hands raised as the true champion that he is. Hatton has had an amazing career, and achieved what many boxers could only dream of. World titles at 2 different weights, and not to mention the army of fans that have followed his career. How many other boxers are going to take 25,000 fans abroad for support (and to think the majority of those 25,000 fans didn't even get tickets for his fights!) What an incredible achievement. I hope Hatton takes a page from Mayweather's book and only haa a temporary retirement and then comes back for one more fight. Either way, I want to say thank you Ricky, thank you for all the late nights watching your fights and thank you for being a real and true inspiration and role model. You are a legend in the heart of all British boxing fans, and even the other fans state side. I know you will go on to become a very successful promoter. I know your dream was to become the best pound for pound fighter, and believe me, you are! At least you had the courage to get in the ring with 2 of the best boxers of this generation, but you are definitely the greatest pound for pound British fighter in history!
Posted 17:28 13th March 2010
I'm glad he realised it at training camp rather than in the ring. Happy retirement Ricky Hatton. British boxing legend.
Posted 17:24 13th March 2010
Good luck to Ricky Hatton. He can hold his head high after an awesome career. He only lost to the two legends of this era at that weight and there is no shame in that. I believe though that had he come back he would have beaten Amir Khan.
Posted 16:59 13th March 2010
There's only one Ricky Hatton!! Ricky, I for one must thank you for all the brilliant years you have devoted to the sport of boxing and I will truly miss what I can only describe as some of the most entertaining and truly unforgettable knockouts. You will always be a champ, one of Britains sons. Done us proud for many years. Good luck with your retirement, now go and make some mini Ricky Hattons!!
Posted 16:42 13th March 2010
The right decision in my eyes Ricky can be so proud of his career i know he certainly kept me entertained. Now he can go on and make British boxing great in another way by promoting the up and coming talent which im sure he will be great at because he is such a good guy.
Posted 16:19 13th March 2010
He was a great ambasador for the sport, won titles at 2 weights and is probably the best light welterweight in 20 years. A shame he is retiring on the back of a loss but 47 fights in he has only lost twice, a stunning fight record and at least he has realised its over, lets not forget Ali made the mistake of going too long and lost his last fights badly. Will miss Ricky in the ring but who knows, his plans for training and promotion could lead to big things for other British Boxers. Between him and David Haye British Boxing has been brought back to the spotlight!
Posted 15:59 13th March 2010
A great fighter who needed to quit before he got hurt. A great champion, But in the fight game when your time is up your time is up.
Posted 15:58 13th March 2010
Good decision Ricky, you have been a credit to your sport, lost to the very best around and didn't shirk a hard fight, be proud of what you have done. No shame in hanging them up, if you haven't got the drive and spark then you could possibly lose to a lesser fighter and that wouldn't be a good way to end
Posted 15:50 13th March 2010
I'm glad he has seen sense and is retiring. He can hold his head high and walk away with no shame. He gave his all and entertained fans for every round he fought. He was a champion and can use his knowledge to train the next generation of British world champions. To carry on would have been foolish, as the likelihood of him beating Pacman or Mayweather is nil. His pride would have told hime he could do it, but luckily his heart has told him he couldn't. He has his health, his wealth and his family to treasure. Good luck Ricky you've made the right decision.
Posted 15:38 13th March 2010
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