Richard John Hatton MBE, or Ricky ‘the hitman’ Hatton is one of the UK’s most successful, and arguably the most popular British boxer of all time. Born in Stockport and raised in Hyde, Greater Manchester, where he continues to live and work today, Ricky transcended the sport of boxing to become one of the country’s most adored sportsmen.
A two weight world champion, in a 48 fight career he won the WBA (Super), IBF, IBO light-welterweight titles and the WBA welterweight title in a long and successful career. His relentless, all action, front foot style created a huge following of fanatical supporters and some of the most memorable fight nights in British boxing history.
Winning the IBF world title against the heavy favourite Kostya Tszyu in a packed MEN arena, fighting in front of 55,000 fans at the City of Manchester Stadium against Juan Lazcano and taking a travelling army of more than 30,000 fans to Las Vegas to fight Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather in December 2007 have become some of the iconic occasions in British sport.
Since hanging up his gloves Ricky continues to take an active role in a series of Hatton Boxing projects while training and managing a group of talented young fighters out of his gym in Hyde.
Having recently launched a new range of Hatton Boxing equipment and with the Hatton Academy training thousands of fitness professionals every year to use boxing as part of their training programmes, Hatton Boxing and Ricky continue to promote the health, fitness and societal benefits of taking an active involvement in the sport.