Boxing: Punch-perfect Hatton batters Oliveira

It took Ricky Hatton about 30 seconds to beat Ray Oliveira on Saturday night at the ExCel Centre in London's Docklands, but just for the fun of it he kept hitting him until the 10th round.

Oliveira arrived in Britain last week with a justifiable reputation for unique resilience and on Saturday night he certainly earned every cent that he was paid because from the opening seconds until he sunk to his knees after 98 seconds of round 10 he took a horrible beating.

For Hatton it was defence number 15 of his World Boxing Union light-welterweight title and it could very well be the last time that he puts the increasingly meaningless bauble on the line when he steps through the ropes. Hatton is now unbeaten in 38 fights and he knows that he has no more chances at the box office against people that are tough but have very little chance of upsetting him.

"Everybody knows that I want a real fight or one of the other world titles that are out there. And the next time I box I am confident that it will be a unification showdown,'' said Hatton. Sadly, Hatton and his promoter Frank Warren have made the same bold claim too many times during the last few years.

However, their words have not been idle threats and there is truth that both Warren and Hatton are desperately keen to end the run of entertaining but predictable fights and finally meet either the International Boxing Federation champion, Kostya Tszyu, or the World Boxing Association incumbent, Vivian Harris, early in the New Year.

The stumbling block, as it always is in this wonderful business, will be the amount of money on offer. On Saturday night over 11,000 people packed the cavernous and soulless arena to witness Hatton's often punch-perfect display against a man who in 58 previous fights had never been stopped and had only been dropped twice. Hatton added to that figure in round one by dropping Oliveira and in round 10 he dropped him again and that time the American decided to take the full count of 10 on the one knee.

There were some hardened cynics gathered at ringside that remain unconvinced about Hatton's credentials to move to a higher level and they cite his apparent susceptibility to short right-hand counters. Hatton dismisses the wary and claims that if he gets the fight he wants and the fight that would surely put 20,000 bums on seats at the MEN Arena near his house in Manchester he would not make any sloppy mistakes. He is probably right but that does not mean that either Tszyu or Harris will accept his offer.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Team Leader

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Team Leader is required to join one of the l...

Recruitment Genius: Chef

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Chef is required to join one of the largest ...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Engineer

£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A successful national service f...

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor