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Hatton v Malignaggi photos

Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton returns to the scene of his only professional loss - the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - wearing a "fat suit"

Paulie Malignaggi

His opponent Malignaggi has only lost one fight as well and is in imposing and confident mood at the weigh-in

David Beckham

Droves of English fans descend on Nevada for the fight - among them David Beckham

Silvestre Stallone

And the American stars are out for this showdown as well - Sylvester Stallone takes a seat at ringside

Noel and Liam Gallagher

Hatton employs two famous Manchester musicians to carry his belt - enter Noel (left) and Liam Gallagher

Ricky Hatton lands a punch on Paulie Malignaggi

When the ceremonies stop, Hatton starts quickly, nailing Malignaggi with a succession of explosive punches and dictating the pace

Malignaggi punches Hatton

Malignaggi enjoys only occasional successes as his game plan unravels in front of a pro-Hatton audience of 10,000

Ricky Hatton lands a punch on Paulie Malignaggi

The New Yorker invites Hatton inside and loses ground there as the Mancunian's bigger frame exerts increasing pressure

Buddy McGirt talks to Paulie Malignaggi

Malignaggi's trainer Buddy McGirt gives his ward a stern talking to between the later rounds

Paulie Malignaggi

And McGirt surprisingly stops the bout in the 11th round, much to the annoyance of a bemused and distraught Malignaggi

Ricky Hatton

Hatton's reaction is the opposite and he expresses delight at bouncing back from a painful defeat here to Floyd Mayweather Jr

Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather Sr

New trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr is pleased with the performance at the post-fight press conference

Ricky Hatton

And Hatton is a hot commodity in boxing once again. What price a fight with Oscar de la Hoya next? Or even Mayweather Jr?



see also
Slick Hatton defeats Malignaggi
23 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Hatton's seven best - and worst
18 Nov 08 |  Boxing


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