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Last Updated: Sunday December 09 2007 10:54 GMT

Mixed fortunes for British boxers

Khan won, but Hatton lost

There were mixed fortunes for two of the biggest names in British boxing on Saturday night.

Manchester's Ricky Hatton suffered his first defeat, getting knocked out by American Floyd Mayweather in their WBC welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.

But Bolton's Amir Khan successfully defended his Commonwealth lightweight title against Graham Earl.

Khan - who was also celebrating his 21st birthday - saw off his opponent in just 72 seconds at Bolton Arena.

Fans at the MGM Grand Arena
Fans at the MGM Grand Arena

Thousands of British boxing fans were at the MGM Grand Arena to watch Hatton in action.

The fight was stopped in the 10th round.

'Pride'

After the bout, Hatton, 29, said: "My pride hurts more than the punches."

Khan, in only his 15th professional fight, was pleased with his success.

"I trained very hard. He was number one in Britain and I wanted to beat him," he said.



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