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Boxing: Hatton in need of a tougher examination

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posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 10:20 PM
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As expected there was a full house, a predictable fight and the usual bold claims once the last bell had sounded at the MEN Arena, Manchester, on Saturday night.

Ricky Hatton retained his World Boxing Union light-welterweight title for the 13th time with a lopsided points decision against the durable but unimaginative Argentinian Carlos Wilfredo Vilches.

When it was over the endless list of claims on Hatton's behalf was made by his promoter, Frank Warren, but for chroniclers of the sport the words are annoyingly familiar. Warren controls the careers of both Hatton and Joe Calzaghe and both, according to the promoter, have been destined for big fights against world-class fighters for simply too long.


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