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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2006, 04:55 GMT 05:55 UK
Hatton v Collazo photos

Ricky Hatton enters the arena in Boston for his world title fight

The usual fireworks and mayhem are missing as Ricky Hatton enters the arena in Boston to polite applause and cheers

Luis Collazo follows Hatton into the ring moments later

Luis Collazo only briefly acknowledges the crowd as he makes his entry as defending WBA welterweight champion

Collazo's belt and tatooed torso

The deeply religious Collazo - with his heavily tattooed torso - is immediately distinguishable in the ring

Hatton sends Collazo tumbling to the canvas

But the American, 25, gets off to a diabolical start and is sent tumbling to the canvas after 10 seconds

Hatton connects with a punch to Collazo

Both men regularly exchange blows in a pulsating, nail-biting contest but only rarely does Hatton show his usual venom

Collazo strikes back against his opponent

The Mancunian regularly walks into Collazo's punches

Both men let their guards down in the latter stages

The bout fluctuates throughout the full 12 rounds as both men try to get on top

Collazo celebrates what he thinks is the defence of his WBA welterweight title

Collazo celebrates what he believes to be the successful defence of his WBA welterweight title...

Hatton with the new WBA welterweight belt

...only to be disappointed when the belt is awarded to Hatton courtesy of a unanimous points decision by the three judges



SEE ALSO
Roundwatch: Hatton v Collazo
14 May 06 |  Boxing


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