Ricky Hatton goes to extremes on his return to the ring as he goes through an eight-round exhibition with Marco Antonio Barrera at the Manchester Arena – with ‘the Hitman’ looking sharp 10 years after his last fight
- Boxing legend Ricky Hatton went the distance against Marco Antonio Barrera
- The pair exchanged blows during the exhibition and each heard the last bell
- Hatton returned for the first time since losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko . in 2012
- He came in with a Zimmerframe in an unforgettable ring walk with two nurses
Ricky Hatton rolled back the years as he went all out in an eight-round exhibition against Marco Antonio Barrera at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
The 44-year-old fighter returned to the ring for the first time in a decade after losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012 at the same venue.
Hatton and Barrera, who had a combined 121 victories in professional boxing, struggled for eight two-minute rounds until they each heard the final bell.
Ricky Hatton (R) went the distance in his exhibition fight against Marco Antonio Barrera (L)
The boxing legends exchanged eight rounds at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night
With an unforgettable entrance, the Stockport-born fighter graced the arena to the tune of the Manchester City song Blue Moon and walked on with a Zimmerframe alongside two nurses.
After losing four stones leading up to the exhibition, Hatton looked sharper than his opponent at the opening bell, before Barrera hit back in the second round.
Encouraged by home support, Hatton took advantage of Barrera’s move to left-handed in the third round and continued to pack a punch.
He entered the ring for the first time in ten years since losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko . in 2012.
Notably, the fighter hit the Mexican with a solid right hook to the chin in the fourth round and pinned Barrera on the ropes in the fifth, looking to dominate the 48-year-old.
But Barrera bounced back with a hefty right hook of his own to set up a compelling final two laps.
As the two boxing legends continued to pack punches through the closing stages of the exhibition, Hatton Barrera caught Barrera with a strong right hand in the final two minutes, before the two boxing legends hugged at the final bell.