里奇-哈頓和娜塔莎-喬納斯聯合主持曼徹斯特的實驗性格鬥之夜

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里奇-哈頓和娜塔莎-喬納斯聯合主持曼徹斯特的實驗性格鬥之夜

兩個 "節目",一個擂台,兩個非常不同的主角--周六在曼徹斯特,這不是一個普通的戰鬥之夜。

但最後一場比賽是前世界冠軍瑞奇-哈頓和馬爾科-安東尼奧-巴雷拉之間的表演賽,兩人都早已退役。

"哈頓說:"我覺得我有點像進入未知的世界,44歲的哈頓為這場比賽減掉了四塊石頭。"它是一場拼搏,是一場戰鬥,還是介於兩者之間的東西?

這種對比使這個夜晚變得有趣,並提出了一個問題:在拳擊比賽中是否有展示性比賽的位置?

哈頓回到了他最偉大的勝利的現場,最引人注目的是他在2005年阻止了科斯蒂亞-齊尤,但自從2012年他在這裡的最後一場職業比賽以來就沒有再打過。

在他的職業生涯中,這位曼城人輕描淡寫地描述了他在戰鬥之間堆積體重的訣竅,稱自己為 "瑞奇-法頓",並穿着一件肥大的衣服。

雖然他後來在海德的自己的健身房裡成為了一名教練,但他承認自己再次變得 "巨大的肥胖"。

但是,與48歲的前三量級世界冠軍巴雷拉比賽的機會,證明了他恢復體形的催化劑,並讓曼徹斯特的拳迷再次有機會看到 "殺手 "的行動。

他們的比賽由Europa推廣,而主賽和副賽則由Boxxer推廣。兩場比賽都賣出了門票,拳迷們有權觀看兩場比賽。

雖然只有底層開放,但場館看起來是滿的,一袋粉絲為本地拳手布拉德利-雷亞歡呼,他輸給了泰勒-丹尼。

其他方面,底牌的氣氛奇怪地被壓制了,雖然利物浦人喬納斯已經成為曼徹斯特球迷的最愛,今年在這裡贏得了兩個世界冠軍,但沿着大廳走一圈,發現大多數人都是來看的。

還有三場比賽,觀眾們已經在高呼 "只有一個瑞奇-哈頓"。

我還沒有準備好我的煙斗和拖鞋

在弗雷澤-克拉克和道爾頓-史密斯的常規勝利之後,喬納斯在擂台上的表現讓人眼前一亮。

這是她第一次以職業選手的身份在一個主要的場地進行比賽,空氣中瀰漫着緊張的氣氛。觀眾們明白了其中的利害關係。

雖然喬納斯的表現很出色,表明她有資格贏得第三個世界冠軍頭銜,但她從未像哈頓的全盛時期那樣,創造出讓拳迷從屋檐下咆哮的時刻。

曼徹斯特的觀眾與她一起慶祝,這讓他們在派對上迎接家鄉英雄的到來。

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在為巴雷拉播放墨西哥音樂以及哈頓所鍾愛的曼城隊的隊歌《藍月亮》的歡快版本之前,擂台為這場表演賽進行了調整。

比賽將有八個兩分鐘的回合,沒有裁判,也沒有確認獲勝者。但哈頓從開場鈴響起時的堅定目光和他的拳頭的鋒利程度表明他是認真的。

哈頓不得不認真對待,因為巴雷拉去年有兩場表演賽,但他並沒有失去幽默感。兩名身着護士服的婦女帶着一個喜劇大小的齊默爾框架在拳擊台邊等候。

一支樂隊也保持了狂歡節的精神,在比賽期間播放了《洛奇》原聲帶和《不列顛規則》等曲子,雖然沒有提供什麼戲劇性,但也很有趣。

這遠不是兩個超重的、喝得酩酊大醉的拳手在痛苦地跳最後一支舞的情況。

這是兩個朋友,兩個傳奇,享受他們最擅長的東西,曼徹斯特的拳迷有機會向一個仍然是這個城市最受歡迎的體育之子之一的人致敬。

最後,裁判舉起了兩位拳手的手臂,但特別是對哈頓來說,勝利只是能夠回到拳擊台上。

"我對此很滿意,"哈頓說。"我認為這很有娛樂性,沒有採取任何自由行動。我們可以最後一次為球迷展示我們的技能。

"我有機會親身發現他有多好,這是一個夢想成真。但更重要的是,它最終成為我生活方式的一種改變。

"我已經達到了我生命中一個不錯的階段,我不想再打氣球了。我還不是為了我的煙斗和拖鞋。"

當它是出於正確的原因,它是鼓舞人心的。

哈頓還利用這個平台提高了人們對心理健康的認識,向觀眾講述了在他的職業生涯結束時患上抑鬱症的情況,圍繞他的展覽比賽的嗡嗡聲並沒有掩蓋喬納斯的另一個榮耀之夜,而是增強了它。

"喬納斯的推廣人本-沙洛姆(Ben Shalom)說:"我通常不喜歡展示性拳擊,但當它這樣做,出於正確的原因,它是鼓舞人心的。

"我們都看到瑞奇跌落軌道,然後我們看到他以這樣的方式進來。這就是它的意義所在。這對這個城市和這項運動都很好。瑞奇-哈頓是一個傳奇,仍然能夠吸引大量的觀眾。"

而且,在比賽結束後,不僅僅是他的粉絲在拳擊場邊歡呼。他的父母、他的兄弟和他的兒子--他們都是拳擊手--在見證了他的轉變之後也在那裡。

哈頓補充說:"在我的職業生涯中,我已經做了很多偉大的事情,但這一定是最重要的,"。

"有一些懷疑者說這個展覽將是浪費時間。我不認為是這樣,遠非如此。

"你總是擔心你的英雄們,他們可能會受到傷害。但最後一次,他們可以看到我們,而且沒有人受傷的風險,我認為這是一個勝利。

"它為我做了什麼,我收到人們的來信說,'瑞奇,你激勵我減重。如果你能做到,我也能做到'。還有那些有心理健康[問題]的人。而有些人說那些展覽不值得。

"如果再來一個,我想我必須堅持下去。"


Two 'shows', one ring, two very different headliners - it was not your average fight night in Manchester on Saturday.

But the last fight was an exhibition bout between former world champions Ricky Hatton and Marco Antonio Barrera, both long retired.

"I felt like I was gong into the unknown a little bit," said Hatton, who at 44 lost four stone for the fight. "Was it a spar, was it a fight, or was it something in between?"

The contrast made for an interesting evening and posed the question: is there a place for exhibition fights in boxing?

Hatton was returning to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, most notably his stoppage of Kostya Tszyu in 2005, but hadn't fought since his last professional fight here in 2012.

During his career, the Mancunian made light of his knack of piling on weight between fights, calling himself 'Ricky Fatton' and wearing a fat suit.

And although he has since established himself as a trainer at his own gym in Hyde, he admits he had again become "massively obese".

But the opportunity to fight former three-weight world champion Barrera, 48, proved the catalyst to get back in shape and give Manchester fight fans another chance to see the 'Hitman' in action.

Their fight was promoted by Europa while the main event and undercard was promoted by Boxxer. Both sold tickets, with fans entitled to watch both shows.

While only the bottom tier was open, the arena looked full, and a pocket of fans cheered on local fighter Bradley Rea, who lost to Tyler Denny.

Otherwise, the atmosphere for the undercard was strangely subdued, and while Liverpudlian Jonas has become a fans' favourite in Manchester, now winning two world titles here this year, a walk along the concourse suggested who most had come to see.

With three fights still to come, revellers were already chanting "there's only one Ricky Hatton".

'I'm not for my pipe and slippers just yet'

After routine wins for Frazer Clarke and Dalton Smith, Jonas' ring walk livened things up.

It was the first time she had headlined at a major venue as a professional and there was tension in the air. The crowd appreciated what was at stake.

And although Jonas produced a polished performance which showed she was worthy of winning a third world title, it never produced the moments that had fans roaring from the rafters as happened back in Hatton's heyday.

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The ring was tweaked for the exhibition bout before Mexican music was played for Barrera along with an upbeat version of Blue Moon, the anthem of Hatton's beloved Manchester City.

There would be eight two-minute rounds, with no judges and no winner confirmed. But Hatton's steely gaze from the opening bell and the sharpness of his punches showed he meant business.

Hatton had to take it seriously, with Barrera having had two exhibition bouts last year, but he's not lost his sense of humour. Two women dressed in nurse outfits were waiting ringside with a comedy-sized zimmerframe.

A band also kept the carnival spirit going by playing tunes such as the Rocky soundtrack and Rule Britannia during the fight, which provided little drama, but it was fun.

This was far from a case of two overweight, punch-drunk fighters having one agonising last dance.

It was two friends, two legends, enjoying what they do best, and Manchester fight fans getting a chance to pay homage to a man who remains one of the city's favourite sporting sons.

At the end, the referee raised the arms of both fighters, but for Hatton in particular, the victory was just being able to get back into the ring.

"I'm well happy with that," said Hatton. "I think it was entertaining, no liberties were taken. We could showcase our skills one last time for the fans.

"I got the chance to find out first hand how good he was, which was a dream come true. But more importantly, it's ended up being a lifestyle change for me.

"I've reached a nice stage in my life where I don't want to balloon anymore. I'm not for my pipe and slippers just yet."

'When it's done for the right reasons, it's inspiring'

Hatton also used the platform to raise awareness of mental health, talking to the crowd about suffering from depression at the end of his career, and the buzz around his exhibition bout didn't overshadow another glory night for Jonas, it enhanced it.

"I'm not usually a fan of exhibition boxing but when it's done like that, for the right reasons, it's inspiring," said Jonas' promoter Ben Shalom.

"We've all seen Ricky fall off the rails then we see him come in looking like that. That's what it's about. It's great for the city and the sport. Ricky Hatton's a legend and is still able to draw a big audience."

And it wasn't just his fans cheering ringside after the fight. His parents, his brother and his son - both boxers themselves - were there too after witnessing his transformation.

"I've done so many great things in my career but this has got to be up there," Hatton added.

"There were a few sceptics that said this exhibition was going to be a waste of time. I don't think that was, far from it.

"You always worry about your heroes, how they could get hurt. But one last time where they can see us with the risk of no-one getting hurt, I think that's a winner.

"What it's done for me, I've had letters from people saying, 'Ricky, you've inspired me to get the weight off. If you can do it, I can do it'. Also people with mental health [issues]. And some people say those exhibitions aren't worth it.

"If another one comes forward, I think I'd have to get stuck into it."

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