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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2006, 02:07 GMT 03:07 UK
Roundwatch: Hatton v Collazo
All the action as Ricky Hatton edges Luis Collazo for the WBA welterweight crown in Boston.


Result: Ricky Hatton wins it by a unanimous decision and collapses to his knees to celebrate. As a result, he maintains his unbeaten career record and Collazo sportingly is quick to congratulate his rival.

Round 12: Collazo absolutely demolishes Hatton with a selection of devastating punches to the head and body as the crowd goes absolutely bonkers in Boston. It brings up a smile from Collazo, who believes he has done enough to hold onto his title.

In an electric finish to the bout, the entire crowd gets to its feet as Hatton refuses to be beaten and fires a flurry of punches...although none to the effect of his American rival.

As the final bell goes, both men leap into the air to celebrate the victory. This will be an incredibly close call.

Round 11: Collazo ducks, darts and dives as he tries to preserve some energy while Hatton tries to get in close to punish his opposite man.

On this occasion, the Briton is the sharper of the two boxers. You get the impression the fight will be decided by what happens in the final round.

Round 10: Hatton looks battered and bruised now as the previously exhausted Collazo comes back to life once more.

The two fighters are showing amazing energy reserves to keep the current tempo going but the tiredness seems to be making Hatton a tad sloppy. He walks into a southpaw right hook and then a left. It could be now Collazo marginally has the edge in this fight overall.

Round nine: Hatton puts a nice selection of punches together in the second half of the round, Collazo desperately hugging his opponent in a bid to curtail the onslaught...albeit temporarily.

Hatton's relentless pace leaves Collazo desperately gasping for breath but the American unleashes two beastly hooks - one with the left, the other with the right - in the dying seconds to mean it's a round too close to call. At this rate, this'll be a mightily tight decision.

Round eight: As the war of attrition takes hold, there's plenty of niggling and wrestling. Collazo looks to be tiring for the first time in the night much to the delight of the travelling British support.

Collazo then lands the biggest punch of the bout - a hefty right hook - but Hatton is undeterred and lands a trio of fine left hooks and jabs to win the round.

Round seven: Just ahead of the round, Hatton is advised by Billy Graham not to throw punches if the gaps are not there. His advice fails to have the desired effect initially... but it changes towards the end of the round.

Hatton dodges the Collazo punches that he had previously walked straight into, and finally finds his target with a bit more regularity.

Round six: Hatton desperately tries to nag away at his opponent but the bite is simply not there at the moment in his punches. Despite being outclassed at the minute by Collazo, the Briton does not look too fazed just yet as the fight reaches its halfway stage straight after a tasty right hook from him.

Round five: Hatton dances all the way around his opponent in what is his first fight at the welterweight division but he can't seem to make quite the same telling blows he used to at the division below.

He's not looking at all happy, while Collazo is completely pumped. The American smacks his chest, skips around and eyeballs his opponent as the bell goes.

Round four: Collazo stuns Hatton with a punishing left hand straight into the Mancunian's face. Hatton, though, hits back with a series of body blows and a stinger to the face. That said, Collazo looks unhurt by the latest efforts.

Hatton will be the more relieved to hear the bell on that occasion as the current WBA welterweight champion lands two late left hooks on him.

Round three: The southpaw jab of Collazo is catching Hatton and breaking his rhythm. Meanwhile, Collazo receives attention as blood pours off his forehead - after a clash of heads - although it doesn't look all that serious.

After the brief break, the fight resumes and both men land equal punches. That round was virtually all square.

Round two: There's a somewhat comical tumble by Collazo at the start of the round but it's clearly not a knock-down and there's no count. As he gets up he is pummelled by a series of electric blows from Hatton.

After that, the Briton backs off before landing the odd telling blow as he ducks a fair selection of impressive punching by Collazo. The American is now well and truly back into this bout, despite a late right hook from Hatton.

Round one: Collazo gets in the first punch of the night but, within 15 seconds, the American is floored by Hatton and faces his first count of the night. It's a superb start for the Mancunian and brings massive cheers from the crowd.

Hatton follows up with a few more biting blows but Collazo tightens his defence and manages to get the occasional blow back. A captivating opening round in Boston.


All times BST

0347: The fight gets under way in Boston.

0346: A heavily tatooed Collazo is given his introduction to the crowd. There's a mixture of cheers and boos from the crowd and, sure enough, you can still hear Don King shouting nonsense. On this occasion it's "USA, wave the flag, that's right man".

0344: Don King screams out "it's Luis time" as Hatton is unveiled to the crowd. The Mancunian simply chews his gum and, totally straight-faced, looks toward the crowd with his gloves aloft.

0342: The two fighters stand for a minute's silence in honour of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, who died earlier this week. The rest of the crowd don't entirely join in with the silence.

0340: Collazo is followed by a flag-waving Don King as he skips into the arena. He looks mightily focused for the bout, bedecked in an all-green outfit with white tassles hanging off it.

0338: Hatton comes into the ring but it's not the usual loud music and fireworks you'd expect. There's still plenty of applause and cheers despite the venue being far from full. Billy Graham nervously tugs at Hatton's clothes as he prepares for Collazo to enter the ring.

0325: Both Collazo and Hatton are putting together their final touches before being called into action for the bight fight in Boston. The buzz in the atmosphere is building in the crowd.

0305: Hatton's official weight for the start of the fight is revealed as 11st 4lb, while Collazo is registered just a touch lighter at 11st 2lb.


Ricky Hatton is moments away from fighting for the WBA welterweight crown in Boston on Sunday against American Luis Collazo.

It is the Mancunian fighter's first bout at the higher weight division and he goes into his 41st career fight with 40 wins already under his belt.

He weighed in just on the limit at 10st 7lb at the official weigh-in, as did the current WBA champion Collazo.




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