"A f***n' disaster," he wrote. "Knocked out in two rounds. Crushed. I guess the cheque will soften the blow, but still… f***! Never mind, we can all help him drown his sorrows at Heaton Park" [in Manchester, where Oasis will play three shows in June].
Lee Beard, one of Hatton’s cornermen, confessed: "I actually turned around and asked for the towel. But I saw the referee was going to call it off.
"If Ricky had got up, I would have called it off there and then. He had been hurt too much in the first round."