Former British welterweight boxing champion Ricky Hatton says he has hung up his gloves for good after losing to Russia's Vyacheslav Senchenko last night.
The former double-title holder figuratively doffed his hat to boxing fans around the world today as his attempted comeback after a three-year hiatus literally ended in tears - and not the sort US Presidenthas been crying since his triumphant return to the White House.
In a press conference after the fight Hatton virtually said he has learned his lesson.
"I'm not going to put meself through that torture again, you know. I'm not going to put Jennifer through it; I'm not going to put me loved ones through it," the humbled Hatton said.
The man who received an O.B.E fromfor his services to sport said he needed to draw a line in the sand on his illustrious career.
"I've got the answers," he continued.
"You know, obviously in the ring I was heart-broken, I was crying and no doubt I'll probably cry tonight.
"But I'm happy. Honestly. I'm happy. I needed to go in and find out and I found out: it's not there no more." an emotional Hatton said.
These words, signifying stoical resolve and pragmatism, following on from courageous self-testing, should ensure that the much loved British boxer can face retirement with no sense of personal loss.
He has shown gracious grittiness in defeat - a lesson that some people may say Obama's presidential challengerand supporters like , Robert E. Murray and others might usefully learn.