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Ricky Hatton shows off gruesome hand after contracting rare tissue disease

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    Ricky Hatton has undergone a serious operation on his left hand after contracting a rare disease.

    The legendary Hitman, who returned to the ring in November for an exhibition bout against Antonio Barrera, was recently diagnosed with Dupuytrens disease, a condition which affects the tissue underneath the skin in the palm and fingers.

    He went under the knife to hopefully slow down the issue and improve the motion in his hand, showing off the gruesome results on social media on Tuesday morning (January 24) having recently been in Thailand. His pinky and left ring finger could be seen heavily stitched up, as too was the left side of his palm.

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    Hatton, 44, wrote: "Had a great time away but can’t wait to get back in the gym with me boxers. Had a serious operation when I got Dupuytrens disease.

    "I’ve not been able to punch or do pads for about three months. At least my boxers all had finished their fights for the year before I had the operation.

    "Having said that it’s been a frustrating and worrying time for me as you can see from my first photo. The amount of work it is in such a small and complicated area in your hand and around your fingers.

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    "But ready to start back now which has been a relief. Baby steps though."

    Hatton has been working as a trainer in his own gym in Manchester since hanging up his gloves in 2012. He underwent a phenomenal body transformation last year as he prepared for a return to the ring.

    It seems he caught the boxing bug again as he admitted after facing Barrera that he was "dreaming" of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, who himself is fighting in the UK next month for the first time ever against Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers.

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