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Ex-champ Ricky Hatton celebrates first world title as a trainer

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British legend and former world champion Ricky Hatton celebrating guiding his first fighter to world title status on Friday night as Zhanat Zhakiyanov won the world bantamweight crown.

The tenacious Kazakh saw off Rau’shee Warren over twelve rounds in Toleda, Ohio as Zhakiyanov put Hatton back on top of the boxing world, just over eight years since the ‘Hitman’ last held a recognized belt.

Upon witnessing Zhakiyanov’s defining victory, Hatton couldn’t hide his delight. The 33-year-old picked himself up off the canvas twice in the first round to win on points.

Ricky Hatton

“We were surprised when Zhanat went down like that at the beginning of the fight. I just wanted to remind him what he does better and what Rau’Shee is good at.

“He is never going to outbox him; he had to get in his chest, he had to mug him and make it a brawl. Zhanat did that very well. That’s how he won the fight,” Hatton told the PBC.

“If we lost the fight, we would have been upset, but we’d know it wouldn’t have been a bad decision. I know that Warren is gutted, he feels like he won the fight and let’s be honest – it was the type of fight where no matter who won, the loser would have felt like he deserved to have his hand raised.

“Their styles make for a great fight. Why not do it again? Not just because it was close but because it was such a great action fight. It always will be.”

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