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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 December 2007, 07:44 GMT
Hatton vows to carry on fighting
By Ben Dirs
BBC Sport in Las Vegas

Mayweather consoles beaten Hatton
Mayweather consoles beaten Hatton after his win in Vegas
Ricky Hatton has insisted his career will not be ended by his defeat by Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

The Hitman was stopped in the 10th round of his tilt at the WBC welterweight title holder, but he said: "I'll be back, don't worry."

The 29-year-old added: "I just got careless, I was a bit gung-ho. I think I was always in the fight to a degree but Floyd was picking his moment."

Hatton lost his unbeaten record after 44 fights but said: "I'm not finished."

Hatton, who hinted he may now want to return to light-welterweight, admitted he was frustrated at being docked a point by referee Joe Cortez in the sixth round.

I was hoping the ref was going to be a bit more lenient - he could have done me a few more favours

Ricky Hatton

"I don't know what the point taken off was for," he said.

"I wasn't quite as smart as I wanted to be but when the point got taken off and I started forcing the fight too much.

"I thought I was about two rounds down when the point got taken off, then I thought 'I've got to put my foot on the gas', and I left myself open.

"Floyd's very good at making you miss and he's better than I thought inside and he got me.

"There should have been a touch more care from me. He's not the hardest puncher but he is very accurate and I left myself open.

"I didn't quite stick to my game-plan. He's not the biggest welterweight I've fought but he was very strong.

"I think I've had more punishing fights and won, but Floyd only needed that one chance and he nailed me."

Ricky Hatton is one tough fighter and he's still a champion in my eyes and I'd fight him again.

Floyd Mayweather

Hatton added he would take his time considering his future.

"I'll have a few months off and have a proper think and speak to my trainer Billy Graham. I still think I've got improvement in me, but tonight wasn't my night."

Unbeaten Mayweather praised Hatton after his victory and said: "I just took my time and that was our gameplan.

"I already knew coming into the ring it was going to be tough, that he was going to try to rough me up. I took my time. I fought on the inside and the outside.

"A true champion can adapt to anything but I pushed myself to the limit.

"Ricky Hatton is one tough fighter and he's still a champion in my eyes and I'd fight him again. He kept coming and I see why they call him the Hitman.

"He ran into a check hook. He's one hell of a fighter but I took care of business and did the job.

Floyd Mayweather
Mayweather hails his victory over Hatton at the MGM Grand

"But Ricky Hatton is one hell of a fighter and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. He's tough as nails.

"I had him hurt a couple of times and I thought, 'damn, he's still coming'."

Mayweather added he was in no hurry to return to the ring.

"I'm going to spend the holidays with my family and take a long vacation to see if I want to come back to boxing.

"I'm been in the sport my whole life and I'm bored with it right now. I don't really know what I want to do.

"But if (promoter) Oscar de la Hoya gives me a price that I can't resist, he's gonna get me back in there."

SEE ALSO
Hatton's a winner
09 Dec 07 |  Boxing
Hatton v Mayweather build-up
08 Dec 07 |  Boxing
Hatton's girl quits to see fight
07 Dec 07 |  Manchester
No time for tears in Vegas
06 Dec 07 |  Boxing


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