Ricky Hatton goes the distance on his return to the ring as he coasts through eight-round exhibition with Marco Antonio Barrera at Manchester Arena – with ‘the Hitman’ looking sharp 10 years after his last fight after entering with a Zimmer frame!
- Boxing legend Ricky Hatton went the distance against Marco Antonio Barrera
- The pair traded blows throughout the exhibition and each heard the final bell
- Hatton returned for the first time since losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012
- He entered with a zimmer frame in an unforgettable ring walk with two nurses
Ricky Hatton rolled back the years as he went the distance in an eight-round exhibition against Marco Antonio Barrera at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
The 44-year-old fighter returned to the ring for the first time in a decade, having lost to Vyacheslav Senchenko at the same venue in 2012.
Hatton and Barrera, who have chalked up 121 wins between them in professional boxing, sparred for eight two-minute rounds until they each heard the final bell.
Ricky Hatton (R) went the distance in his exhibition fight against Marco Antonio Barrera (L)
The boxing legends traded blows for eight rounds at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night
Staging an unforgettable entrance, the Stockport-born fighter graced the arena to the tune of Manchester City anthem Blue Moon and walked on holding a zimmer frame alongside two nurses.
Having lost four stone in the build-up to the exhibition, Hatton looked sharper than his opponent at the opening bell, before Barrera hit back in the second round.
Roared on by home support, Hatton took advantage of Barrera’s switch to southpaw in the third round and continued to land a series of blows.
He took to the ring for the first time in a decade since losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012
The fighter notably struck the Mexican with a firm right hook to the chin in the fourth round and pinned Barrera on the ropes in the fifth, looking to dominate the 48-year-old.
But Barrera bounced back with a hefty right hook of his own to set up an enthralling final two rounds.
As the two boxing legends continued to trade blows throughout the latter stages of the exhibition, Hatton caught Barrera with a strong right hand in the last two minutes, before the two boxing legends embraced at the final bell.
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