LIVE: Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko – round-by-round coverage of the big fight
23:36 GMT, 24 November 2012
Ricky Hatton's long-awaited comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena ended in bitter disappointment in front of a sell-out crowd.
Read Sportsmail's live round-by-round coverage of the fight as well as the best of the action from the undercard which featured middleweight Martin Murray as he takes on Jorge Navarro and Scott Quigg's rematch against Rendall Munroe.
Devastating: Ricky Hatton's comeback ended in defeat
THE NIGHT'S BIG FIGHTS
8pm: Scott Quigg v Rendall Munroe (Quigg wins in sixth round)
9pm: Martin Murray v Jorge Navarro (Murray wins in sixth round)
10pm: Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko (Senchenko wins in ninth round)
to Sportsmail's coverage of Ricky Hatton's comeback fight against
Vyacheslav Senchenko. I'm ringside at the Manchester Arena ahead of what
promises to be an explosive, and emotional night of boxing.
bring you round-by-round updates from the main event as well as the
best of the action from the undercard which features Scott Quigg v
Rendall Munroe (8pm) and Martin Murray v Jorge Navarro (9pm).
Hatton is expected to make his ringwalk at around 10pm for what will be a 10-round fight.
Rabchenko has made a successful first defence of his European
light-middleweight title after a split decision victory over Cedric
Belarusian is trained by Ricky Hatton and was given a tough examination
but scraped through on the scorecards: 116-113, 114-115, 116-113.
Vitu, who had 'Cantona 7' on his shorts, suffered his second career defeat from 37 contests.
Ready lads Martin Murray (L) and Jorge Navarro will go head-to-head later on tonight
corner are furious at the decision but unfortunately my French amounts
to 'merci' and 'oui'. I did hear 'terrible' however which I suspect
means the same in English.
The next fight promises to be a belter. Stephen Foster Jnr takes on Gary Buckland for the British super featherweight title.
It's fair to say the acoustics in here are phenomenal. I doubt the roof will still be in place come 10pm.
lot of holding in the opening three rounds and the referee has been
quick to warn both men but Wales' reigning champion Gary Buckland has
been on top of Foster Jnr thus far.
19.42: Foster Jnr is the home favourite but both men are being well supported in the Arena which is steadily filling up.
The challenger has a nasty cut on his head after the two came together in the sixth round.
The blood looks to be running into the eye which could spell danger. Buckland remains in front on my card.
19.46: The referee calls for the doctor at the start of the seventh but he gives Foster Jnr the ok to continue.
fight has suddenly comer to life with both men throwing caution to the
wind. If the fight was stopped now, we would go to the judges' cards.
Jnr's corner have pulled their man out at the end of the eighth round
which means Buckland remains his British title. It was a nasty cut but
the Welshman had been on top throughout.
Hyped: Hatton's fans were out in full force at yesterday's weigh-in
20.00: Ricky Hatton is in his changing room and will be making his ring walk in two hours' time.
Next up is the super-bantamweight rematch between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe.
two first met back in June when a clash of heads saw the latter badly
cut and the fight stopped in the third round which meant it was scored a
is the younger man and will need to win to continue his rise and keep
alive hopes of an all-British showdown with Carl Frampton.
20.05: Both men are in the ring and I'll be bringing you round-by-round coverage from here on in.
If Quigg is to be believed, he was just getting warmed up when the first fight was brought to an abrupt halt.
I expect the Bury man, who expelled himself from school to concentrate on boxing, to prevail on points.
Over and out: Rendall Munroe (right) is downed in the sixth round
interim WBA world super bantamweight title is on the line here which
doesn't mean a whole lot but will propel the winner closer to a world
is looking for his second shot at the best in the business after losing
to Toshiaki Nishioka on points for the WBC belt in 2010.
20.18: Round 1: A watchful start from both men but Munroe landed the better punches with a couple of lefts to the head.
A little after at the bell. My score (Quigg first) 9-10.
20.22: Round 2: Quigg
ups the ante in the second session but Munroe tucks up well to deflect
the punches on to his gloves. Nevertheless, the Bury man does enough to
nick it. 10-9.
20.26: Round 3: Quigg
begins and ends the stanza well but Munroe gets thorough with an
uppercut and a strong left hand. A straight right from Quigg on the bell
is not enough to rescue it 9-10.
Hammer: Munroe had no response for the stinging blows to the body
20.29: Round 4: both
men are unrelenting and this us shaping up to be a cracker. Quigg is
making a point of targeting the body and is getting through. Munroe has
the greater power though 10-9.
20.32: Round 5: Munroe
bizarrely stops mid round to complain about Quigg hitting round the
back, leaving himself exposed and the Bury man pops out a strong jab.
This session could be the start of Quigg dominating after a fine flurry towards the end 10-9.
20:36: Round 6: All
over! Munroe takes a knee with a minute of the round remaining and
although he's up at four, another flurry from Quigg has the same result
but this time he stays down. An impressive win for Quigg who was getting
20.50: That was impressive from Quigg and he's made a real statement with that stoppage.
He was clearly targetting the body throughout and it paid dividends in that sixth round.
the most spectacular of shots to watch but the damage is all to clear
to see; just as Yusaf Mack after his defeat to Carl Froch last weekend.
The first rendition of 'Hatton Wonderland' rings round the arena and the band are in fine form.
Next up is Martin Murray against undefeated, but untested Jorge Navarro.
Impressive: Scott Quigg ended the fight in the sixth
21.00: Both fighters are in the ring and both bring undefeated records.
drew with then world champion Felix Sturm in Germany last December but
has a frustrating year since, fighting just once against Karim Achour in
The St Helens man is expected to face Sergio Martinez on April 27 in Argentina if he comes through this one intact.
hails from Venezuela and has only a dozen contests to his name, winning
10 by KO. The 27-year-old could be anything but it wouldn't be the
first time we've seen a South American come with a 100 per cent record
only to look below-par when truly tested.
21.07: Round 1:
Perhaps I was a little harsh on Navarro. He comes out looking to fight,
controlling the centre of the ring and forcing Murray back to the
the Venezuelan doesn't manage to connect with his opponent and looks to
be struggling when Murray lands, as he does with a big right hand that
sends Navarro to the canvas with seconds of the session remaining.
He beats the count and comes under sustained pressure but covers up well. My score (Murray first) 10-8
21.13: Round 2: Navarro
remains keen to take the fight to his opponent despite the knockdown
but I'm not convinced he has the power to hurt Murray who works well off
the jab without ,looking spectacular.
middleweight rival Matthew Macklin is commentating on the fight for BBC
Five Live alongside Barry McGuigan and will be an interested spectator
21.16: Round 3: Murray knows he has the tools to hurt Navarro but doesn't seem overly concerned about finishing the job early.
Getting some rounds under his belt wouldn't be the worst thing for him but an impressive showing wouldn't go amiss either.
He ends this round with a solid left to the body which leaves Navarro wincing 10-9.
21.20: Round 4: Navarro gets through with a left hook to the body which Murray takes offence to and responds with a swift one-two.
The St Helens man has his hands low at several points in the round as if now unconcerned by his opponent's power.
A couple of decent exchanges ensue but nothing to get us on the edges of our seats. 10-9.
21.25: Round 5: Murray
senses blood now that he's worked our his opponent.
He lands with a
right then a left and then with 50 seconds remaining, peppers Navarro's
marked face but the visitor stays standing 10-9
21.27: Round 6: ALL OVER! Murray looks
impressive when he lets his hands go and Navarro is down again after
another big right.
He rises on eight but its only a matter of time and
he is put out of his misery his corner, they throw in the towel after another unanswered
Easy does it: Martin Murray holds his arms aloft with the WBA Interim Middleweight Title in Manchester
21.30: Once he started letting his hands go, Murray was impressive but as suspected, Navarro wasn't up to much.
Murray hopes to fight again before taking on Martinez in what will be his toughest assignment to date by a long way.
Next up… Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton is back!
21.35: We actually have another bout before Hatton. highly-rated Adam Etches will be in action in an eight-round middleweight contest.
21.50: Etches has won his fight. Hatton is on track to be in the ring at 22.00.
Hold onto your hats!
21.55: Michael Buffer is ringside and preparing to step through the ropes to announce the fight.
Heavyweight champion David Price is also in the audience. This should be a cracker!
enters the ring to a rapturous reception. I can only imagine what this
is going to be like when Hatton steps back into the ring.
22.01: The crowd are in full voice now! 'There's only one Ricky Hatton… Walking in a Hatton Wonderland!'
There's a real din in the MEN now.
there's a few celebrities too. Boxing greats Roberto Duran, Joe
Calzaghe as well as former footballers Paul Dickov and John Hartson!
Hatton will be out in just a few minutes now!
22.07: They are still not out. With all this noise, I hope Senchenko hasn't bottled it!
crowd have just caught a glimpse of Hatton waiting to come out on the
screens. He's pacing in the dressing room in his blue-trimmed shorts.
They let out a massive roar!
22.10: This is a 10-round fight at welterweight.
the Hitman wins this one, he could face old foe Paulie Malignaggi in a
home and away two-bout showdown starting in New York in spring.
22.14: Senchenko will come out first. He only lost his world title to Malignaggi six months ago in his only career defeat.
is taller than Hatton and boxes behind the jab, but if Hatton's as
sharp as he says he is, expect to see him get inside the Ukrainian and
stop this fight late on after a tirade to the body.
22.16: Senchenko, on cue, is on his way out. Cue a chorus of boos from the partisan crowd.
Here he comes: Ricky Hatton makes his long awaited return to the ring
22.20: Here he is! The 34-year-old comes out as the 20,000 fans join in the chorus of Blue Moon!
Hatton is, of course, a lifelong Manchester City fan.
joins Senchenko in the ring. It's hard to resist joining in to be
honest. The decibel level rises again as he enters the ring.
But can he roll back the years Over to Michael Buffer again, with both fighters in the ring.
22.23: Hatton is pacing the ring, and Senchenko reveals he's wearing a MANCHESTER UNITED shirt! Cheeky.
Buffer can barely be heard above the din. But they all tune in – and join in – for the 'Let's get ready to rumble!'
22.29: Round 1: We're underway and Hatton has completed his first round in three and a half years.
Hitman and Senchenko are battling for the initiative. Hatton catched
his opponent flush on more than one occasion and relentlessly stalks the
Ukrainian, edging the round 10-9.
22.33: Round 2: So much for a more defensive Hatton! He is still that all-action fighter we know and love, with some wild shots coming in.
He has Senchenko in trouble with a sharp left-right, but the visitor shows a little bravado and beckons the Mancunian on.
Hatton is looking good, but must be wary of the taller fighter. 10-9.
Malignaggi has moved to ringside from the pundits' box. Is he preparing to greet the Hitman after an early finish
22.37: Round 3: Hatton is well on top in the third. He's got Senchenko rockingwith a left hook and then a straight right.
Ukrainian makes out he's not hurt but he must be. This fight is going
the right way for Ricky, but he's still catching a few of his own.
Senchenko lands a straight flush on the chin late in the round. 10-9.
22.41: Round 4: That was his best round yet. Senchenko tries to showboat again as he holds his arms out after taking a huge hit.
final minute is all Hatton though. A right to Senchenko's face, then
hatton pushes him against the ropes and delivers an uppercut.
Hatton smells blood here, and the home crowd are baying for a knockout. He must be patient though.
Senchenko will be hoping he'll tire after three years off!
Ouch: Hatton delivers a blow to Senchenko's body
22.45: Round 5: Senchenko
takes that round. Hatton was a little more sluggish, which could be a
worry for the Mancunian. That was a closer round, but the Briton is
still up in this one for me.
Both fighters are marked, but nothing serious at the half-way point. 10-10.
22.50: Round 6: That
was a worrying round for Hatton. He ships a big right hand and then
slips while attempting a wild left which misses by a mile.
He needs to get those hands back up and fight smart. He was picked off a number of times in the sixth.
There's still four rounds to go and he's got it on points… as it stands. 9-10
At his mercy: Hatton started the fight well but let up as the rounds went on
22.54: Round 7: Another round to Senchenko but he does have a nasty cut under his left eye.
is beating Hatton to the punch with worrying regularity. The crowd are
really backing Hatton though. It's the jab that does it this time, and
forces Hatton to chase Senchenko down to hit back. 9-10.
22.57: Round 8:
A better round for Ricky, but he is trying too hard for the KO to
impress the fans. A better fighter than Senchenko would have punished
him by this point.
Hatton needs to get through these final two rounds, learn from this and have a warm up fight before taking on Malignaggi. 10-10.
23.02: ROUND 9: HATTON CAN'T GET UP! Hatton is down on his knees after taking a heavy body shot.
He can't beat the count and the
referee stops it. It's over! Hatton's comeback ends in crushing
disappointment after Senchenko ends his night early.
Hatton collapses on the mat and his team are in the ring and to his aid.
He's OK and eventually gets up, but he's crying his eyes out. Emotional scenes and that's surely it from Ricky Hatton.
The Hitman embraces Senchenko and that is that.
23.07: Buffer announces Senchenko as the winner. Some of the fans are booing the Ukrainian.
That's a little harsh. He won fair and square. Perhaps the Manchester United shirt didn't help.
Devastation: Hatton is crushed after being knocked out by a body blow