Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hatton gives up IBF belt!

Ricky Hatton’s promoter Dennis Hobson has confirmed the Hitman relinquished his International Boxing Federation light welterweight title Friday night - and will now be moving directly on to his mouth-watering Las Vegas showdown with Jose Luis Castillo this summer.

Speaking from his home in Jersey, Hobson said: “We informed the IBF by letter Friday night that we are moving on to the super-fight with Castillo in June without the IBF title.

“Ricky is very proud to be a two-time IBF champion, and, speaking as a promoter, the IBF have always been great to work with. This is a decision we’d have preferred not to have had to make, but, having thought long and hard about it, I believe this is the best way forward for Ricky.”

The Fight Academy boss added that he remains disappointed that IBF No.1 Lovemore N’dou’s management (promoters Grange Old School Boxing and manager Bill Treacy) made little effort to discuss putting together the IBF mandated fight between the Australian-based journeyman and Hatton.

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