Matthew Hatton bows out of boxing with his head held high and proud of what has been a good career.

Matthew has always been in the shadow of his much loved brother Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton and this would have led many to feelings of jealousy and envy. Not Matthew, though, who has never been like this and really showed a strong character and passion for the sport.

The 32-year old had a successful 13-year career which included winning the European Welterweight Title in 2010. He was a truly determined character who gave absolutely everything every time he entered the ring.

He was a tough fighter who took part in some true wars, and he even took Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez the distance in 2011. Alvarez was the much bigger man coming into the fight and many were expecting Hatton to be destroyed but he put on a brave display, increasing his reputation in the process.

During his impressive reign as European champion he really showed himself as a boxer, and the Mancunian also beat the likes of world title challenger Ben Tackie and Yuriy Nuzhenko.

Hatton is a man who can truly stand tall and feel proud about what he has achieved in the sport in his own right. Yes he will always be remembered as the boxing brother of Ricky Hatton but he is much more than that. He was a top boxer in his own right.

His last performance was against South African Chris Van Heerden in March. He unfortunately came up short and he also suffered an eye injury in the build-up which would have left him out of the ring for a long time.

Hatton insists that his children are his reason for retiring and that the risks of carrying on in the sport are enhanced now that he is responsible for a family. Hatton realises that there is more to life than boxing and that the risk of serious damage to his eye is just too much to carry on.

I personally am sad to see Matthew retire as he was a very entertaining fighter who always used to give his best in the ring.

Matthew Hatton: a man who can stand proud in his own right.

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