He may struggle to see it this way as he tends his kind, battered face this morning but there is an unavoidable symmetry to Ricky Hatton's career deeply rooted in the history of boxing: nearly all his pain, physical and spiritual, arrived in a rush at the end.
For Ricky Hatton, the fight is over at last. When the excellent former world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko drilled a wicked left deep into Hatton's washboard gut eight seconds from the end of the ninth round here on Saturday night, he left the skeletal shell of a former hero bent double on the canvas for the full count, but the Ukrainian did no more than put a full stop to a sentence that had been drawn out maybe a soundbite too long in recent weeks and months.
There is something fascinating about Nick Compton, England's snazzily thoroughbred right-handed opening batsman, a player who looks, walks, takes guard and in fact does everything in the manner of a suave and stylish right-handed dasher, other than the minor fact of actually batting like one.
Ricky Hatton knows he will need more than the roar of the crowd to relaunch his career against Vyacheslav Senchenko on what will be an unbearably emotional occasion at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
Tomorrow night sees the return to the ring of one of the icons of British boxing. Ricky Hatton’s return has divided opinion, with experts and previous opponents wading in on the debate.
So much for a meaningless event. The theory that Rory McIlroy's claiming of the European Tour's money list before he arrived at the Dubai World Championship would render this tournament irrelevant was unpicked by the man himself. The world No1 carded a first round 66 to lie one shot adrift of the leader, Luke Donald.
Not long after 6.30 on pretty much any weekend morning in Mumbai during the cricket season, as another dusty dawn lightens the sky and the city starts to wake, the great Maidans are already buzzing with the game.
Ian Poulter must not want 2012 to end.
Carl Froch is quickly becoming British boxing’s poster boy, despite being the grand old sporting age of 35.
Andy Murray and Tyson Fury are among the favourites to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award for 2015 after being named on the 12-person shortlist Monday and following a weekend of stunning achievements for the pair.
Tyson Fury has dreamt about winning the world heavyweight title so many times during his 27 years that in the early hours of Sunday morning, as he wrestled with feeling over-wired and overtired, he began to wonder whether his mind was tricking him.
Sebastian Coe, the president of the IAAF, has reluctantly ditched his controversial £100,000 a year role as a Nike ambassador but still maintains that it was not a conflict of interest.