WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
Mixed fortunes for Hatton and co
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.
SUPERSONIC: Hatton defeats Tszyu to achieve worldwide fame