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10.12.2007 Sports News

Mayweather KOs Hatton

By Daily Guide

WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather scored a 10th round knockout over IBO light welterweight titlist Ricky Hatton on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs) was very aggressive early and controlled the tempo of the fight, but Mayweather adjusted and had success pot-shotting "the Hitman," then quickly clinching.

Hatton was cut over the right eye in round three by a Mayweather right hand, and he had success early in the fourth, but Floyd landed some clean shots that hurt him as the round progressed.

Hatton had a good round five punishing Mayweather on the ropes. Referee Joe Cortez took a point from Hatton in the sixth for hitting Mayweather on the back of the head but Hatton still outmuscled him for most of the round.

Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) had a big round eight landing many clean shots and continued to pull away by outboxing Hatton in the ninth. Mayweather floored Hatton with a left hook in the 10th and dropped him again with the follow up barrage and the bout was over.

Before the sudden end, judges were overwhelmingly favoring Mayweather by scores of 89-81, 89-81, and 88-82.