On this day: Ricky Hatton dethrones Kostya Tszyu in Manchester

On this day: Ricky Hatton dethrones Kostya Tszyu in Manchester MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 4: Ricky Hatton (R) attacks Kostya Tszyu during the IBF light welterweight title fight at the MEN Arena on June 4, 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/ Getty Images) 04 Jun by Ring TV What an occasion this was. On June 4, 2005, British hero Ricky Hatton came of age by dethroning long-reigning junior welterweight champion and pound for pound entrant Kostya Tszyu via 11th-round stoppage at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. Hatton, who annexed Ring and IBF 140-pound titles, entered the bout as a significant underdog and produced the result of a lifetime. In truth, it was a messy affair, but the home fighter employed the tactics required to win and that’s what counts. The challenger maintained a torrid pace and continually took away Tszyu’s punching room by staying on top of him and draining his energy on the inside. A savage body attack and hooks from both sides put Tszyu back on his heels and the great champion struggled to find worthwhile counters. Both fighters were admonished for savage low blows in the eighth round, but it was Tszyu who got the worst of it. Hatton continued to go through the gears in the championship rounds and at the end of the 11th, Tszyu’s chief second, Johnny Lewis, elected to throw in the towel. This was the final fight of Tszyu’s illustrious Hall of Fame career and the beginning for Hatton, who would unify at 140 pounds by capturing the WBA crown (Carlos Maussa KO 9) as well as a version of the welterweight title (Luis Collazo UD 12). GET THE LATEST ISSUE AT THE RING SHOP (CLICK HERE) or Subscribe Please leave this field empty SIGN UP TO GET RING NEWS ALERTS Share this story Ratings | View All Top 6 Pound for Pound 1 2 3 4 5 6 Trending Joe Cordina scores spectacular one-punch knockout of Kenichi Ogawa, claims IBF 130-pound title Ogawa-Cordina undercard results: Zelfa Barrett wins European title at 130 On this day: Ricky Hatton dethrones Kostya Tszyu in Manchester Danny Roman: I believe I’m one of the best at junior featherweight Weigh-in alert: George Kambosos 134.4 Devin Haney 134.9 Schedule | View All 04Jun George Kambosos Jr. vs. Devin Haney (ESPN) 04Jun Stephen Fulton vs. Daniel Roman (Showtime) 04Jun Kenichi Ogawa vs. Joe Cordina (DAZN) Facebook RingTV Official Product Shop Now!

On this day: Ricky Hatton dethrones Kostya Tszyu in Manchester

On this day: Ricky Hatton dethrones Kostya Tszyu in Manchester

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 4: Ricky Hatton (R) attacks Kostya Tszyu during the IBF light welterweight title fight at the MEN Arena on June 4, 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/ Getty Images)
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What an occasion this was.

On June 4, 2005, British hero Ricky Hatton came of age by dethroning long-reigning junior welterweight champion and pound for pound entrant Kostya Tszyu via 11th-round stoppage at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.

Hatton, who annexed Ring and IBF 140-pound titles, entered the bout as a significant underdog and produced the result of a lifetime. In truth, it was a messy affair, but the home fighter employed the tactics required to win and that’s what counts.

The challenger maintained a torrid pace and continually took away Tszyu’s punching room by staying on top of him and draining his energy on the inside. A savage body attack and hooks from both sides put Tszyu back on his heels and the great champion struggled to find worthwhile counters.

Both fighters were admonished for savage low blows in the eighth round, but it was Tszyu who got the worst of it. Hatton continued to go through the gears in the championship rounds and at the end of the 11th, Tszyu’s chief second, Johnny Lewis, elected to throw in the towel.

This was the final fight of Tszyu’s illustrious Hall of Fame career and the beginning for Hatton, who would unify at 140 pounds by capturing the WBA crown (Carlos Maussa KO 9) as well as a version of the welterweight title (Luis Collazo UD 12).