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Power Transfer Looms in Manchester

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Hyde Road winds through the driving rain of May in Manchester to reach the gym owned and run by Ricky Hatton, the city's favourite son in the boxing ring – who came from the rough Hattersley housing estate and out of nowhere in 2005 to become world welterweight champion for more than four years. Now, on the gym's upper floor, Hatton is training boxers for his biggest night yet as a promoter, featuring four title fights.

 

On the walls behind the ropes of the practice ring are posters from Hatton's days as a champion, one advertising a bout with José Luis Castillo in Las Vegas, which Manchester United stars David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand flew to watch. There's a photograph of Rooney with Hatton after the fight. But here's the rub: Hatton's signature...

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