posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 05:58 AM
Ricky Hatton sensationally claimed the IBF light-welterweight title by forcing champion Kostya Tszyu to quit on his stool at the end of the 11th round
Tszyu - rated by many the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world - had had enough of Hatton's relentless assaults and called referee Dave Parris to
his corner to wave the contest off.
Parris' announcement sparked jubilation amongst the 22,000 sell-out crowd who witnessed a victory to rank alongside the greatest in British boxing
Source: BBC Sport
Light welterweight Ricky Hatton pulled off one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history to beat legend Kostya Tszyu at Manchester's MEN Arena.
The 26-year-old employed trademark non-stop aggression to drive back the Australian champion, who failed to answer the bell for the 12th round.
Inspired Hatton blazed into action from the opening bell of the IBF title bout. And, although he was troubled by big shots, it was Tszyu who faded
badly to the delight of a screaming crowd.
The great and good of Manchester were on hand to see Hatton's moment of truth.
Current champions Joe Calzaghe, Diego Corrales and Winky Wright were at ringside as was former heavyweight icon Frank Bruno, who was on the verge of
tears after being given a huge ovation.
And an assortment of Manchester footballers and Hollywood stars were also glued to the furious action.