When Ricky Hatton stepped on the scales before starting training for his clash with Marco Antonio Barrera, he weighed 15th at 4lbs.
At the weigh-in ahead of the exhibition bout on Saturday night at the AO Arena in Manchester, Hatton tipped the scales at 11th 5.5lbs.
It’s been an incredible four-stone weight loss journey, achieved in just a few months, as ‘The Hitman’ is just 13 pounds heavier than his last professional fight in 2012.
Perhaps even more impressively, the 44-year-old looked years younger as he even showed off his six-pack when he stepped on the scale shirtless.
Hatton’s opponent for the night, Barrera, also got into excellent shape, weighing in at 11lbs and 7lbs.
Man of the moment Hatton spoke to talkSPORT ahead of Saturday night as he revealed his weight loss journey has inspired others and done wonders for his mental health.
“I always made it difficult for myself when I was in my prime, to be honest with you things haven’t changed now that I’m 44, but it’s been so good for my good -be,” Hatton said.
“It gave me a target and a goal and something to go towards.
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“The comments I got from so many people saying, ‘Ricky, you inspired me to lose weight’…
“People wrote letters and got in touch and said, ‘Ricky, how you inspired us to see where you were 18 months ago.
“And it was well documented where I was, I was in a really bad place…so, that made me decide to change my lifestyle.
“I’m 44 now, I can’t keep losing weight the way I used to, so that’s Ricky Hatton for good as far as I’m concerned.”
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