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Ricky Hatton undergoes sensational body transformation as former world champion looks younger ahead of Marco Antonio Barrera exhibition fight

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Ricky Hatton lost a lot of weight and achieved an impressive body transformation before his return to boxing.

The British fighting legend is set to step back between the ropes again for an exhibition bout with Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night in Manchester.

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Hatton wants to keep his positive momentum ahead of November

During his career, the “Hitman” was famous for gaining weight between fights.

Since retiring, of course, he no longer needed to gain weight at all and therefore enjoyed life with a heavier physique.

As a result, many wondered if he would now be able to shed the pounds again after a decade of not having to.

Former world champion Hatton has already proven those doubters wrong.

In recent images posted to social media, the 44-year-old looks younger in a slimmed down frame.

Hatton even managed to maintain her weight while on vacation, which is a tough task for anyone.


“I drank a few Guinness here and there, because I was able to stay in control,” Hatton told The Sun.

“I went to Tenerife for five weeks. Normally I would put on a stone and a half, but I went over there and gained four or five pounds. Everyone was like “f***!” but that’s how it’s gonna be now.

“It’s not going to be ‘I’m 44, I’m going to put my feet up, pipe and slippers.

“You’re getting a little older, a little wiser, and things have to change a little.”

Ricky fought with his son Campbell before his clash with Barrera

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Ricky fought with his son Campbell before his clash with Barrera

“When I jumped on the scale at the start of practice, it was 15 pounds and 4 pounds,” Hatton continued.

“And the weigh-in is this Friday which is done at 11th 7 pounds. And I’m 11st 7lbs now.

“The road has been long. I’m 44 and the shape I’m in has taken a lot of work out of me.

“It was great to give me a target, an objective. It has been great for my own well-being.

Hatton has inspired a number of fans with her weight loss journey

Hatton has inspired a number of fans with her weight loss journey

“I have received so many messages of support from people struggling with their weight. They say seeing me from where I was a few years ago to where I am now is inspiring.

“It makes me very, very proud to not only be back in the ring and hear the roar of the crowd again, but also that it inspires people. That’s more important to me.

Hatton will return to his beloved Manchester Arena to face Barrera ten years after retiring for good following his loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012.

He enjoyed unprecedented fan support in the UK, and particularly at home in Manchester, at the height of his career.

Hatton could be interested in follow-up exhibition fights with Floyd Mayweather Jr or Conor McGregor after his fight with Barrera

Hatton could be interested in follow-up exhibition fights with Floyd Mayweather Jr or Conor McGregor after his fight with Barrera

The two-weight world champion unified the titles at welterweight (140 pounds) and also won a belt at welterweight (147 pounds).

However, he failed in his fights with the great generations Floyd Mayweather, in 2007, and Manny Pacquiao, in 2009.

Hatton initially left the sport after the loss to Pacquiao, only to announce a shock comeback three years later which resulted in his loss to Senchenko.

It will be almost ten years since that night the ‘Hitman’ returned to Manchester Arena on November 12 to box Barrera in their exhibition.

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