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Warren wins Hatton libel action

Ricky Hatton
The book was withdrawn from sale in March last year

Boxing promoter Frank Warren has accepted 115,000 damages over false allegations he pressured boxer Ricky Hatton to fight when he was unfit.

The claims appeared in the biography of the light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton: The Hitman, My Story.

The High Court in London also ruled that publisher Random House Group Ltd should pay the court costs, which are estimated to be around 2m.

Mr Warren was not at court but said he was happy with the decision.

His solicitor-advocate, Hanna Basha, had told Mr Justice Eady that he had no option but to bring the action over the book, which was withdrawn from sale in March last year.

Provided receipts

Mr Warren told told BBC Radio Five Live: "It said that I pressured Ricky Hatton into competing in a fight against a boxer called Carlos Vilches, despite knowing that he was not fit to fight, which was totally untrue.

"And then went on to say that Ricky Hatton had not made more than 6m gross over the course of just over three years, which again was totally untrue because I provided the receipts and details to back up the claim that I paid him.

"In fact, over 6m gross in three years, in fact he earned much more than that with me during his career."


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