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journeyman
3rd May 2009, 12:55
'cos he gets hit a lot...

Rainboe
3rd May 2009, 13:11
Is that meant to be funny? At least he had the courage and stamina to face up to going in the ring with a frightening fighter and doing his best. To laugh at him for a knockout? And come here expecting laughs? Bad taste mate, bad taste.

dead_pan
3rd May 2009, 13:25
An old joke which was semi-amusing at the time.


At least he had the courage and stamina to face up to going in the ring with a frightening fighter


... and we're supposed to be impressed or feel sorry for him? I didn't see how much did he got paid for those two rounds - no doubt it was worth his while.

Rainboe
3rd May 2009, 13:35
Well if they want to go do that sort of thing, that´s up to them. But derision in the face of this (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1176786/Ricky-Hattons-fiancee-Jennifer-collapses-tears-suffers-brutal-knock-Las-Vegas.html) seems really sad.

VH-MLE
3rd May 2009, 13:43
In professional boxing, a saying springs to mind - "today a rooster, tomorrow a feather duster". I say that because it wasn't that long ago that this fellow slaughtered "Australia's" Kostya Tszyu who at that time was the world champ (or thereabouts) in his particular weight division.

Nothing lasts forever and while this fellow Ricki is/was a champion - there was always going to be someone else just around the corner.

If he's smart he'll retire now and invest (wisely) some of the hard earned money he has made.

Well done to him on his achievements.

Cheers.

VH-MLE

heli-cal
3rd May 2009, 14:13
When engaging in full contact competition, it is in the knowledge that in all probability, there may be severe injury to your competitor, or self!

I consider a strike which incapacitates the subject by means of inducing an immediate loss of consciousness to be a severe injury, albeit temporary.

In a competition, whose main aim is 'the knockout' it can hardly come as a surprise that a competitor actually sustains such an injury.

That the competitor actually referred to himself as "The Hitman" is indeed ironic, and I doubt that those in the photo's would have been anything other than ecstatic, had it been the other competitor lying on the canvas!

As it was not billed as a pillow fight, what did they expect to see, other than a hard fought boxing match!

RJM
3rd May 2009, 14:33
Without waxing too romantic about the 'sweet sport', or belittling ourselves as spectators of the fight, this quote from Teddy Roosevelt seems apt:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known either victory nor defeat."

bnt
3rd May 2009, 14:39
Are we supposed to feel sorry for a professional boxer? Someone who thinks that hitting someone else is an acceptable way to make a living? What he got was no worse than what he tried to do to the other guy, every time he stepped in to the ring.
If he gets any sympathy from me, it's because he's a mug, a fall guy; suffering permanent injuries while making more money for promoters, media, and bookies, than he'll ever see himself. :ouch:

Forkandles
3rd May 2009, 15:15
The guy got a leathering. Not a big fan of Hattons, so not too arsed.
Watched it on t'interweb today and wasn't impressed with his tactics against a guy with really fast fists and a good fight history.
He's had a few good pay days now, so he should hang up his gloves and go and watch Man City with his chav mates. :E

BladePilot
3rd May 2009, 15:35
Let's put Jennifer and Jinkee into the ring for the next bout, now that could be some fight:ok:

RJM
3rd May 2009, 16:22
A little mud, or jelly would make it more...aesthetic :p

journeyman
3rd May 2009, 20:12
Rainboe,

Please don't paint the picture of a plucky challenger up against a "frightening" opponent. Ricky was the heavier man and the reigning champion in that division.

lexxity
3rd May 2009, 20:17
He's hardly going to be broke when he retires, his new gym just down the road is due to open any minute.

419
3rd May 2009, 23:32
It does make you wonder how a professional boxer can end up in the ring with another boxer who totally outclassed him in every way.

Surely Hatton must have had a team of experts working for him who would have given him a pretty good idea of what to expect long before he had o sign on the dotted line.

StaceyF
4th May 2009, 05:50
It does make you wonder how a professional boxer can end up in the ring with another boxer who totally outclassed him in every way.

Surely Hatton must have had a team of experts working for him who would have given him a pretty good idea of what to expect long before he had o sign on the dotted line.

You're right but if you look at the performances of, say, the national soccer and, particularly, cricket sides over the years you could ask exactly the same question.

Losing spectacularly is something us English are embarrassingly good at.

[EDIT: may as well get the obvious out of the way.....what's the difference between a £20 note and Ricky Hatton?

You'll get more than 2 rounds out of a £20 note]

ATCO1962
4th May 2009, 06:16
Rainboe, Rainboe, Rainboe. After all the trash talking that Ricky gave before the fight, a little levity is in order. If Ricky had been severely damaged and was in a coma, then levity would not be in order but, as it is, he is reported to have sported a "wry grin" after he was raised from the deck.

He was completely outclassed and Manny deserves all the accolades coming his way. What a fantastic punch!

Richard Taylor
4th May 2009, 06:59
That punch was right on the money! Ricky has been a great fighter, but time now to retire, run his gym & maybe open a chain of fast food outlets somewhere. ;)

Michael Birbeck
4th May 2009, 08:23
Hatton's a brave fighter but he has been revealed for what he is, a one dimensional boxer.

I hope he takes his money and bows out of the sport gracefully. What follows, if he continues, can only be a slow hard descent into pain and anonimity.

As for the Pacman, his gracious and humble comments after this devastating performance mark him out as a possible all time great. There is no shame in Hatton losing to a guy this good.

qwertyplop
4th May 2009, 08:27
Hard fight for Hatton, anyone remember Michael Watson?

This is the fighters lot.

Hard luck Ricky but please call it a day.

Sprogget
4th May 2009, 09:49
By coincidence, I bumped into Chris Eubank in a bar last night. Now there is a complete prat,

I would hope that Hatton doesn't end up as sad a sack as the idiot with a monocle.