The Hitman: My Story (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Hitman Ricky Hatton is the boxing equivalent of a Roy Keane or a Stuart Pearce: an unassuming yet exceptional sportsman. This title presents the story of just how Ricky became pound for pound the best fighter on the planet: from a ten-year-old at Sale West Amateur Boxing Club to unified light-welterweight champion of the world.
- Published: 21 September 2006
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780091910853 ISBN 10: 0091910854
- Sales rank: 834,813
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The "Hitman" is the story of just how Ricky Hatton became pound for pound the best fighter on the planet: from a ten-year-old at Sale West Amateur Boxing Club to unified light-welterweight champion of the world. His fight against the legendary Kostya Tszyu in 2005 for the IBF belt has already laid claim to being one of the greatest nights in British boxing. After four years of defending his own WBU crown, with devastating body punching not seen since the days of Roberto Duran, this was finally Ricky's chance to show the world what he was made of. Over the next eleven blistering rounds he wrote his name in history. In Ricky, Britain at last has a boxing hero to warrant the adulation: a hard-grafting ex-carpet fitter, who has no time for the usual pose and hype. Ricky still lives on the streets where he grew up and yet can sell out a 20,000-seat arena in under two hours. And, for this, he is adored by a loyal army of fans. Always his own man, he's the boxing equivalent of a Roy Keane or a Stuart Pearce: an unassuming yet exceptional sportsman who inspires by his sheer guts and drive. Ricky lifts the lid on the people and events that have defined his career: his parents Ray and Carol, his brother Matthew and his trainer Billy Graham - and his relationship and eventual falling out with promoter Frank Warren. While undoubtedly a dedicated professional in the ring, Ricky is just as legendary for his ability to have fun out of it. Here, he reveals the good-time stories that would make even Don King's hair curl. All told with Ricky's trademark mix of sharp wit, straight talking and down-to-earth modesty, it is the utterly candid story of one man's unstoppable determination to be the best.