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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 June 2003, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Ricky Hatton's career in pictures

Ricky Hatton in the gym

Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton has been described as "cold, merciless and an awful man on the ring"

Hatton beats Jon Thaxton on points to win the British title

Ricky Hatton beats Jon Thaxton on points to win the British title in 2000

Hatton celebrate winning the British title

Despite being cut in the first 15 seconds of the first round, Hatton wins through dazzling speed and great punching power

Ricky Hatton of England lands a punch on opponent Tony Pep of Canada during the WBU Light-Welterweight title fight in 2001

During the 2001 fight for the WBU Light-Welterweight title Hatton sends his opponent Tony Pep to the canvas three times

Ricky Hatton of England holds up the WBU Light-Welterweight belt after defeating Canada's Tony Pep

Ricky Hatton stops Tony Pep in the fifth round to win the WBU world title

Ricky Hatton beats American Vince Phillips in 2003

The Hitman defends his WBU Light Welterweight crown by defeating American Vince Phillips in 2003

Ricky Hatton (left) and Kostya Tszyu

Although heavily unfavoured, Ricky Hatton outworks Kostya Tszyu to become IBF champion on 5 June

Carlos Maussa (left) is dropped by Hatton

Month later, the Hitman survives two nasty cuts to drop WBA champion Carlos Maussa




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