HATS OFF Ricky Hatton gave Floyd Mayweather a tough night in their 2007 welterweight title fight, but feels ‘a bit cheated’ and ‘smelt a rat’ in referee Joe Cortez

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Almost 15 years have passed since Ricky Hatton fought Floyd Mayweather in an attempt to be the first boxer to beat one of the best to ever lace up gloves.

It didn’t happen for him and Hatton, the nation’s favourite fighter, ‘felt cheated’ at his knockout defeat in the 2007 blockbuster bout in Las Vegas.


Hatton and Mayweather locked horns on December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas as the Brit tried to win the WBC belt

In fact, in 2020, ‘The Hitman’ – who returns to the ring to face Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday – admitted it still bothered him that he never got the opportunity to make his mark in the ring – and on Mayweather’s body – because of referee Joe Cortez.

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Hatton was stopped by ‘Money’ in the tenth round of their glitzy Las Vegas spectacle for the welterweight world championship, but the Manchester-native was left frustrated by the official not allowing him to work inside on the body as he had done so many times throughout his distinguished career, including when he beat pound-for-pound king Kostya Tszyu in 2005.

Mayweather historically struggled with body punchers during the brief glimpses of trouble fans were afforded to witness throughout his unbeaten career and Hatton believes Cortez helped the American.

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