|Boxer Ricky Hatton's dramatic tenth-round defeat in the WBC welterweight title bout in Las Vegas over the weekend has probably saved UK bookies from their biggest-ever drubbing for bets made on a British sportsman.|
According to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, up to $40 million was gambled on the fight and a win for the Manchester fighter, dubbed The Hitman for his undefeated record prior to Vegas, could have landed bookies with an eight-figure knockout blow.
'As Ricky's fans have beaten us 43 times in the past, we are only getting back some of the money we have lost to them over the years,” said Graham Sharpe, Spokesman for William Hill.
Sharpe stated that one William Hill client was celebrating after a $120,000 bet on a Hatton’s opponent Floyd Mayweather at 4/7 landed him an $188,000 payout.
Hatton's bid to wrest the title from the experienced American ended when he was knocked out in the tenth round after initially appearing to be the stronger of the two. Hatton had been knocked to the ground via the ring post with a left hook before Mayweather knocked finished the fight with another left punch just seconds later.