On today: Ricky Hatton dethrones Kostya Tszyu in Manchester

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 4: Ricky Hatton (R) assaults Kostya Tszyu through the IBF gentle welterweight title struggle on the MEN Enviornment on June 4, 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photograph by John Gichigi/ Getty Pictures)

What an event this was.

On June 4, 2005, British hero Ricky Hatton got here of age by dethroning long-reigning junior welterweight champion and pound for pound entrant Kostya Tszyu through 11th-round stoppage on the MEN Enviornment in Manchester, England.

Hatton, who annexed Ring and IBF 140-pound titles, entered the bout as a big underdog and produced the results of a lifetime. In fact, it was a messy affair, however the dwelling fighter employed the ways required to win and that’s what counts.

The challenger maintained a torrid tempo and frequently took away Tszyu’s punching room by staying on high of him and draining his power on the within. A savage physique assault and hooks from each side put Tszyu again on his heels and the nice champion struggled to search out worthwhile counters.

Each fighters had been admonished for savage low blows within the eighth spherical, but it surely was Tszyu who received the worst of it. Hatton continued to undergo the gears within the championship rounds and on the finish of the eleventh, Tszyu’s chief second, Johnny Lewis, elected to throw within the towel.

This was the ultimate struggle of Tszyu’s illustrious Corridor of Fame profession and the start for Hatton, who would unify at 140 kilos by capturing the WBA crown (Carlos Maussa KO 9) in addition to a model of the welterweight title (Luis Collazo UD 12).

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