Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Lazcano
|Date||May 24, 2008|
|Location||City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England|
|Title(s) on the line||IBO & Ring Magazine Championships|
|Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Lazcano|
|The Hitman||The Chosen Juan|
|Tale of the tape|
|Manchester, England||From||Sacramento, California|
|IBO and the Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion
Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Lazcano was a boxing Light Welterweight fight between Ricky "Hitman" Hatton and challenger Juan Lazcano. It was held in Manchester, England at the City of Manchester Stadium in front of a record 55,000 fans. This was a record for a boxing event post world war II, Until 2014 when Carl Froch vs George Groves Which sold 60,000 seats.
Hatton was coming off his first career loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and was fighting for the first time back in Manchester. It was a thanks to all his fans who had travelled to the States to watch his previous four fights and was held in his home Football ground of his beloved Manchester City.
Lazcano was a durable opponent who was in the top ten for light welterweights in the Ring Magazine rankings. His only stoppage defeat was to Golden Johnson ten years previously and he was also coming off a loss to Vivian Harris
Paulie Malignaggi was on the undercard as he and Hatton were meant to fight each other later in the year.
The weigh-in took place at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and there was a lot of anticipation about Hatton's Ring Entrance. A lot of people were criticizing his diet between fights and were saying he was past his best, He wanted to prove them wrong and also take a dig at them at the same time. Hatton said it could be his last in Britain.
The fight was on Sky Box Office in the UK and Versus (TV channel) in the USA. Juan Lazcano saw an upset on the cards and trainer Ronnie Shields was saying that Hatton was washed up and ready for the taking.
The ring entrance involved a version of Hi Ho Silver Lining with the words replaced to mention Hatton, followed by Blue Moon. Hatton appeared in a fat suit and walked to the ring in it, Michael Buffer announced the fighters.
The referee was Howard Foster and the judges were Marcus McDonell, Pat Russell and Phil Austin. Hatton who was rocked badly in the eighth and tenth round, and in the tenth critics claim, only survived, when the fight was stopped, so he could tie his shoes, while badly hurt. Despite being a bad performance, and a very close fight, the judges scores of 120-110, 118-110 and 120-108 . Hatton also rocked Lazcano several times and had him against the ropes using the full repertoire of shots, with Lazcano's back bruised from being constantly pushed against the ropes.
Malignaggi also won a split decision against Lovemore N'dou to set up their fight.
Hatton decided to hire Floyd Mayweather, Sr. for his next fight with Paulie Malignaggi and would go on to win that as well. Lazcano has not fought since but still retained a place in the top ten light welterweight rankings.