Dan Rafael: Matthew Hatton
September, 5, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Jae C. HongIt was always entertaining to watch Matthew Hatton inside the ring.
England’s Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of former two-division titleholder Ricky Hatton and a regular on his brother's undercards, announced his retirement from boxing this week after a 13-year pro career.
While Matthew Hatton (43-7-2, 17 KOs), 32, did not achieve what his brother did, he was in a lot of crowd-pleasing fights and reached his peak when he won the vacant European welterweight title by outpointing Gianluca Branco in 2010.
Hatton defended the title twice, but gave it up for a shot at a world title. He faced Canelo Alvarez for a vacant junior middleweight belt in 2011 and lost a lopsided decision. Hatton fought his last fight in March, losing a decision to Chris van Heerden in South Africa.
"When you've got kids, you begin to realize what is important in life and when you've got a doctor pointing out all the possibilities of what could go wrong, it puts things into perspective," Hatton told England’s Sky Sports. "I've got two young children now and even though they can act as a motivation tool for fighters, they also highlight the risks that a fighter takes every time we step into the ring.
"That European title run was a big highlight for me because it finally showed people that I was a good fighter and I could certainly mix it at a high level. I've had to work hard in every single fight from the get-go but that has made me the fighter who I am and boxing has given me so many memorable nights."