Gatti next for the Hitman?
In Sheffield, England, junior welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton added the WBA belt to the IBF version he already owned when he dominated former WBA champion Carlos Maussa until finally knocking the Colombian out with a devastating left hook in round n in. Hatton as usual employed non-stop aggression to wear his opponent down. Hatton received a cut over his left eye in round two but dealt with it well. Throughout the fight, Hatton had Maussa's head snapping around with left hooks and uppercuts, and Maussa never really had a chance to exploit his awkward style the way he did against Vivian Harris back in June when he captured the WBA title. The time of the stoppage was 1:10 of the ninth round. Hatton reportedly is looking to take his career to America now, and he likely will begin the campaign against ex-140 pound title holder Arturo Gatti in May. Gatti, however, has a bout against welterweight Thomas Damgaard scheduled for early 2006 that he must win first. For now, Hatton can enjoy the holiday season with a record of 40-0 with 30 KOs. Maussa falls to 20-3 with 18 KOs. source: PPV Broadcast