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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 June 2007, 01:51 GMT 02:51 UK
Hatton-Castillo as it happened

Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas

Manchester's Ricky Hatton beats Mexico's Jose Luis Castillo on a fourth-round knockout to retain the IBO light welterweight crown.


By Ben Dirs

Round Four: This fight could take place in a telephone box and that's a one point deduction for Castillo for another low blow. A huge left hook from Hatton and Castillo's gone! The Mexican shrinks to the floor and the body puncher has been beaten at his own game - Castillo counted out, Hatton has won! What a shot from the Hitman, and the Thomas and Mack Center goes wild - that was a sickening blow, it would have felled a horse. Superb from Hatton - the boy's a hero.

Round Three: Castillo landing with the better shots in that round, including a left hook to the body and a right uppercut. Castillo really getting that left hand working now and Hatton doesn't look too happy with a couple of digs to the body. Hatton finished the round with a crisp left hook, but he's getting too close to Castillo and smothering his own work. I'll give that one to Castillo. BBC score: Hatton 9-10 Castillo

Round Two: Castillo lands with a couple of good left-hand leads. Hatton lets a couple of left hooks go to the body and continues to outwork Castillo in close. Castillo looks to be pacing himself, and you have to wonder whether Hatton can keep this pace up. His round, however.
BBC score: Hatton 10-9 Castillo

Round One: Castillo hits the deck early...but it was a stumble, although Hatton did look to make contact on the top of the head. Plenty of holding in the first half of the round before Hatton unleashes two clean uppercuts and a useful body shot. Castillo retaliates with a good straight right, but that looked like Hatton's round.
BBC score: Hatton 10-9 Castillo


0329: Here's The Buffer, resplendent in white dinner suit - what a voice this man has...Joe Cortez is the third man in the ring, and he's had more world title fights than I've had hot dinners. "Let's get ready to ruuuuuuumble!" purrs The Buffer, and the waiting is almost over.

0327: Hatton has a Man City sombrero plonked on his head as he makes his way to the ring and here's Blue Moon - and it's all going off at the Thomas and Mack. Wayne Rooney and Marco Antonio Barrera are carrying Hatton's belts - apparently there are some Man Utd fans who are a bit upset about that.

0324: Here comes Jose, and there's a bit more intensity about him now as he makes his way to the ring. A bit of a grin as he prowls around the ring, he's looking relaxed - Castillo has been there and done it on the biggest stage many times before.

0321: Plenty of glamour at ringside, but not much glamour in the Hatton dressing room as Hatton is put through his paces by trainer Billy Graham. Bit of blue for the dads! A Mexican chap spots himself and his girlfriend on the big screen and takes a bit of a liberty with one of her devil's dumplings. Big cheer from the Brits, she doesn't look over the moon. No foot massage for that man when he gets home tonight...

0316: The fans get a sighter of Hatton warming up on the big screen - he's looking intense, as ever. Castillo is strolling round his dressing room with the air of a man waiting for a bus - he doesn't look too fussed to be honest.

0310: Hatton needs an impressive win tonight if he's going to make sure of a new three-fight deal with US paymasters HBO. Bit of Vindaloo being belted out now by the Hatton contingent - the roof is going to come off this place when Blue Moon is stuck on the turntable and their hero makes his way to the ring.

0308: IBF champion Paul Malignaggi could be Hatton's next opponent if he comes through against Castillo. Malignaggi looked impressive in outpointing Lovermore N'dou last weekend.

0302: I have never seen Hatton in such good nick as he was at yesterday's weigh-in - frightening. Castillo, apparently, could have his purse frozen even if he wins tonight. Gary Shaw has, understandably, got the hump that Castillo came in overweight for his proposed rubber match with Diego Corrales - that fight was scrapped and Castillo was slapped with a 125,000 fine.

0259: Not long now, perhaps 15 minutes until the fighters enter the ring. Castillo, as we know, is a murderous body puncher, and that could be Hatton's one area of weakness - he was wobbled a couple of times by Juan Urango last time out. It's all going off at the Thomas and Mack Center - thousands of Brits belting out the theme to the Great Escape, it's like being down your local for an England match. Lord only knows what the locals think of it...

0250: Hello all. Anyone else as nervous as me? This is going to be a crackerjack of a fight - I'm going for Hatton on points. Matthew Hatton has just taken a unanimous decision against Puerto Rico's Edwin Vazquez, which should be a bit of a fillip for his big bro. Matthew says he fancies a crack at British welterweight champion Kevin Anderson next.

"I think Hatton will have a bit too much late on in the fight like he did against Tszyu."
GWillz on the 606 messageboards

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