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Hatton Victory over Malignaggi in the 11th Round

Ricky Hatton coasted to a one-sided win over Paulie Malignaggi at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with his opponent’s corner stopping the fight in round 11. Malignaggi had occasional success with his jab but fought virtually one-handed for much of the fight and lacked power. Manchester’s Hatton had Malignaggi in trouble with some savage left hooks, and overhand rights.Going into the 11th, Malignaggi was behind on all three scorecards, causing his corner to throw in the towel. Hatton joined up with new trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr just seven weeks ago, but there were signs of real improvement following some worrying recent performances, as Hatton promised there would be.

Hatton, 30, improves to 45 wins (32 KOs) and one defeat, while Malignaggi falls to 25 wins (five KOs) and two defeats.

While the Grand Garden Arena was by no means full, most of the estimated 9,053 in attendance were supporting Hatton. Hatton, wearing a fat suit, was accompanied to the ring by Oasis’ Gallagher brothers, who were charged with carrying their fellow Manchester City fan’s belts. Hatton suffered his only defeat as a professional at the same venue last December, when he was stopped in 10 rounds by Floyd Mayweather Jr, making his victory doubly sweet.

“I enjoyed it better than last time I was here, that’s for sure,” said Hatton.

“I’ve just come into a new camp and I’ve been working on new things. Floyd and I have been together for seven or eight weeks and it doesn’t happen overnight.

“But I showed glimpses of what I can do. And after being with Floyd for seven weeks, I think that’s pretty impressive.”

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November 23, 2008 - Posted by | boxing, Casinos, de la hoya, entertainment, events, Hatton, Holiday, Las Vegas, Margarito, Mayweather, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, news, Travel, Uncategorized, undefeated, Vegas, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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