Hatton steps up to earn top fighter honors

Updated: December 30, 2005, 1:47 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

When would Ricky Hatton step up and face a serious opponent? It was a question that dogged him for a few years.

Hatton, the favorite son of Manchester, England, had a huge following in Great Britain and was generating substantial revenue, even against no-hopers. So many believed he would remain safely tucked away against less-than-stellar opponents to ensure that the gravy train would continue rolling along.

But Hatton, as we found out, was serious about proving his worth, ...

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