Hatton retires again after loss to Senchenko

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Ricky Hatton hastily retired again Saturday night following a knockout loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in the British star's first fight in more than three years.

"I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it, and I haven't," said the 34-year-old Hatton, the former light-welterweight champion who dropped to 45-3.

The Briton succumbed to a painful body shot in the ninth round from the Ukrainian welterweight Senchenko in the non-title fight in his hometown.

Hatton fought again 3 1/2 years after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao, a loss that sent the former two-weight champion into retirement and his life spiraling out control, with depression, personal problems and battles with drink and drugs.

Senchenko (33-1) met Hatton for the 10-round welterweight fight two months after losing his unbeaten record -- and his WBA welterweight title -- in a ninth-round loss to Paulie Malignaggi.