Champ Delivers on KO Promise

Mayweather fends off Hatton with big blows in the 10th
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2007 10:05 AM CST
Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his 10th round knockout victory over Ricky Hatton of Great Britain in their welterweight title boxing match at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas Saturday, Dec. 8,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. defended his welterweight crown against British challenger Ricky Hatton last night in 10 rounds. The 147-pound champion showed more punching than dancing, as Hatton kept on the offensive—contrary to the predictions that the bout would be a boring one. Before an overwhelmingly British crowd, Mayweather came through on his guarantee of a knockout.

The "Hitman" wasn't connecting as solidly or as often as he might have hoped, and finally "Pretty Boy" Floyd floored him with a left hook. When Hatton struggled to his feet, Mayweather came back with a second volley, and the Brit went down again. Hatton's corner threw in the towel just as the ref called the fight for Mayweather, who later hinted at retirement.