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Mixed for­tunes for Hat­ton and co

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FOUR years af­ter the Velo­drome show, Hat­ton and Gra­ham would up­set the great Kostya Tszyu to claim the IBF su­per-light­weight ti­tle. Many of the fans who sup­ported the pair that night in Beswick were also with him in Las Ve­gas for his even­tual mega fights with Floyd May­weather and Manny Pac­quiao.

Takaloo went on to face the best of Bri­tish and drop a de­ci­sion to Daniel San­tos in a WBO ti­tle bid in 2002. Far­nell con­tin­ued to sell tick­ets and en­ter­tain be­forer re­tir­ing in 2004. He trained Paul But­ler to the IBF ban­tamweight ti­tle. Far­nell and Takaloo now get along well.

Michael Jen­nings won the Bri­tish wel­ter­weight ti­tle and fought Miguel Cotto in Madi­son Square Gar­den be­fore open­ing his own gym.

The ‘B of the Bang’ was dis­man­tled and re­dis­tributed amongst the scrap metal deal­ers of East Manch­ester in 2009. It stood through­out Hat­ton’s in­cred­i­ble ca­reer and - maybe fit­tingly - was bro­ken down just weeks af­ter his dev­as­tat­ing loss to Manny Pac­quiao. Since then, lo­cal he­roes Amir Khan, An­thony Crolla, and Terry Flana­gan have head­lined at the Manch­ester Arena that Hat­ton and co made fa­mous. All ben­e­fi­cia­ries of that steamy July night when box­ing re­con­nected with the Manch­ester fight fans.

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