Was Hatton That Good?

08.06.05 - By Jim Amato: Ricky Hatton's stoppage of Kostya Tszyu was a shocker to me. Although I respected Hatton as a fighter and a legitimate contender, I did not consider him a legitimate threat. Kostya grew old over night. It has happened to so many great ones who just find the night where they step into the ring and have nothing left. It happened to Carlos Ortiz when he faced Ken Buchanan. It happened to Vincente Saldivar when he was thrasher by Eder Jofre.

In hindsight it is so clear now to see that if it went past five or six rounds that the youthful Hatton would take over. Kostya had a VERY long layoff due to injuries.When he did comeback he was sensational in halting the highly regarded Shambra Mitchell in three rounds. This fight never taxed Kostya's stamina. Against the youthful Hatton he may have been ill prepared for a war of attrition.

Give Hatton his due. This almost put me mind of when John H.Stracey took apart the great but aged Jose Napoles to win the welterweight title back in 1976. In my mind a prime Napoles would have defeated Stracey. John was in the right place at the right time. So was Ricky.

Article posted on 08.06.2005

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