2005-11-26 Ricky Hatton w co 9 Carlos Maussa, Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England - WBA/IBF/The Ring

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2005-11-26 Ricky Hatton w co 9 Carlos Maussa, Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England - WBA/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Mickey Vann. Looking to unify two titles, Hatton (139½) took on the WBA champion, Maussa (139¾), and was given no end of trouble before scoring a knockout at 1.10 of the ninth round. Cut over the left eye in the first 20 seconds and over the right eye two rounds later would have been a disaster for most fighters, but not Hatton who merely gritted his teeth and got on with the job. The durable and ungainly Maussa continually caused problems and although Hatton was well up on the cards he was having some difficulty setting the Colombian up. Every time Hatton hurt Maussa the latter would come back strongly, but once the man from Manchester realised towards the end of the eighth that he should not be making the running, the outcome was positive and in the ninth he picked out a terrific left hook that dropped Maussa for the full count.

Having given up the IBF belt in April 2006 when moving up a division to meet Luis Collazo for the WBA welter crown, Hatton then relinquished the WBA junior welter title in May 2006 when it became clear that he could only boss one division at a time. After the IBF decided on a vacant title fight between Juan Urango and Naoufel Ben Rabah, who had beaten Arturo Morua (w pts 12 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada on 17 September 2005), Souleymane M'baye and Raul Horacio Balbi were matched to find a new WBA champion.