Ricky Hatton Enters The 2024 International Hall Of Fame

Ricky Hatton paid tribute to his trainer, Billy Graham, following the former boxer’s induction into the 2024 International Hall of Fame.

The ceremony was held on June 9 in Canastota, New York. Hatton retired with a 45-3 record, winning belts at 140 and 147. He was 43-0 before his first loss to Floyd Mayweather, a tenth-round TKO. Since that defeat, Hatton only won two out of his next four fights. Manny Pacquiao memorably knocked him out in the second round. But he achieved plenty to leave a legacy with his fans, as he remembered his trainer’s former words.

“[Graham said]: This is what we worked hard for when you were 16 years old and you used to sit on that step outside the gym in Manchester. We used to talk about being the best in the world, not just a world champion, but the best in the world and going to Las Vegas. I am very humbled. I cried when I went to the museum and saw my plaque on the wall,” Hatton revealed 

Another inductee was Michael Moorer. He won the WBO Light Heavyweight Title by beating Ramzi Hassan. Moorer made history when he moved up to win the WBO Heavyweight Belt against Bert Cooper, becoming the first southpaw to do so. His career ended with a 52-4-1. However, he paid a big price, having 28 surgeries and losing his sense of smell and taste. Now, he has called for more protection for boxers.

“The toll on a fighter’s body persists long after they hang up their gloves. I am just one of the many retired fighters who have been left to deal with a long list of injuries without any meaningful insurance assistance,” Moorer said

Elsewhere, Jane Couch became the first British woman, the tenth female overall in the modern Hall of Fame. Her record stood at 28-11, with titles at 140. Couche was the first female boxer to get licenced in the UK. She took the British Boxing Board of Control to court to enforce this, ending the ban on females from boxing.

“I’ve got a habit of being the first, haven’t I? It’s a bit surreal really – I mean there’s Ali, [Joe] Frazier in there. It takes a while to sink in. When you look at women’s boxing in the UK, well I suppose I did do it [have a huge impact]. I just realised how hard I did work and had to travel abroad to do it as well. A lot of the decisions that could have gone my way if I was at home. I was a bit of a warrior, stubborn, I just wanted to make a difference and I certainly did that. But 39 pro fights, five world titles, the MBE and now the Hall of Fame – wow,” Couch

Others On The List

Ivan Calderon (boxer, men’s modern category)

Diego Corrales (boxer, men’s modern category)

Ana Maria Torres (boxer, women’s modern category)

Luis Angel Firpo (boxer, old-timer category)

Theresa Kibby (boxer, women’s trailblazer category)

Kenny Adams (trainer)

Jackie Kallen (the first female manager inducted)

Fred Sternburg (longtime publicist)

Nick Charles (broadcaster)

Wallace Matthews (journalist)

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