Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Amazing Joe Can Be the Hit Man; Hits All over:Ricky Hatton Takes a Left Hook (Farleft) before Being Knocked out in the 10th Round by Floyd Mayweather, Who Wears His Belt with Pride (Right). the Hitman Was Beaten Again in the BBC's Sports Personality Awards (above Right), Taking Third Place Behind Joe Calzaghe

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Amazing Joe Can Be the Hit Man; Hits All over:Ricky Hatton Takes a Left Hook (Farleft) before Being Knocked out in the 10th Round by Floyd Mayweather, Who Wears His Belt with Pride (Right). the Hitman Was Beaten Again in the BBC's Sports Personality Awards (above Right), Taking Third Place Behind Joe Calzaghe

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Byline: IAN CHADBAND

A TALE of two Brit fighters could have not been more poignant. Theprevious night, Ricky Hatton's world had been unravelled at the surgical handsof Floyd Mayweather in front of a seething 17,000 crowd. Now in an emptied MGMGrand Arena which had resembled his own torture chamber hours earlier, he wasbeing felled by another blow, beaten to the BBC Sports Personality award by JoeCalzaghe.

Being Hatton, of course, he hid his disappointment manfully, embracing andcongratulating the astonished Welshman in the same way that he had paid courtto Mayweather. Yet his face, an ugly patchwork of stitches and bruises hardlyenhanced by a long night drowning his sorrows after his 10th-round knockout,could hardly conceal his pain.

For this was supposed to have been his weekend of glory; and somehow, even ashe applauded the long overdue coronation of Britain's most criminallyoverlooked sports champion Calzaghe, the eerie handing over of a replica trophyto the Welshman in the vast silent arena can only have heightened the sense ofwhat might have been.

Calzaghe understood in a way that only fighters can and put a consoling armaround his little mate. "Listen, I've got the utmost respect for Rickyhe's a warrior," said the Welshman. "He's lost only against probably theworld's best fighter, was out of his weight division in Mayweather's backyardand it was very competitive until he got stopped.

"He'll probably go back to light-welterweight where he's the still the numberone and I'm sure he'll win more world titles." The tribute was heartfelt butboxing can sometimes have a short attention span when it comes to fallenfighters and this strange BBC ceremony saw the Khanwants handing over of thetorch of expectation from one great British hope to another.

Hatton, for all his willing and courage, had been measured for the role ofworld's best welterweight and it proved an impossible fit. Suddenly, it feltlike a case of 'over to you, Joe'.

For while Hatton was still in his dressing room, having broken down in the armsof his mum Carol after being given sympathy visits from luminaries includingBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, attention was already shifting outside towardsthe next US v UK 'mega fight'.

Up on stage in the media centre, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, a partnerin Oscar De La Hoya's promotions company, was telling everyone in his bestshowman's fashion how he was going to make the Britsand Calzaghe, in particularpay for shamefully Khanwants fallen star jeering through the US national anthemin a projected spring light-heavyweight date here. "We gotta tee him [Calzaghe]up, support our American boy and go and beat the British. Then you can justcall me Paul Revere," Hopkins boomed, and you could already imagine it beingbilled Independence Day. "Yeah, I'll tell you the British are comingand they left with their asses whupped! …

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