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On This Day: Ricky Hatton defies belief to stop the great Kostya Tszyu

On June 4, 2005 Ricky Hatton enjoyed his greatest victory against the brilliant Kostya Tszyu. Here's Claude Abrams original ringside report
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TO beat Kostya Tszyu is a momentous achievement in itself. To make the great Australian quit – at the end of the 11th – as Ricky Hatton did before 22,000 loud, passionate and rapturous supporters at the MEN Arena in the early hours of the morning, defied belief unless you were there to see it.

Although it was in no way a match as physically depleting as when Muhammad Ali strained the last ounce of energy from Joe Frazier in the Thriller in Manila back in 1975, the finish had more than a hint of similarity about it.

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