One of boxing's true superstars, former two division world
champion Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton has been packing arenas around
the world since his early days as a pro. A relentless force
in the ring whose pressure and body punching has broken down
quality fighters for years, Hatton turned pro in 1997 after a
stellar amateur career and he hasn't looked back in the over eleven
Richard "Ricky" Hatton was born in Stockport, England on October
6, 1978 but was brought up in Hyde. His father put him into family
business of carpet trading after his school, but young Hatton cut 3
of his fingers and he was removed from the job.
Although Hatton came from a line of football stars, Hatton never
became fully interested in the sport. Instead, the young athlete
found he preferred boxing to soccer, which he took up at a local
club in Hyde, Greater Manchester. From the age of ten, Hatton was
training several times a week in the ring. Ricky Hatton's Training
and First Days of Boxing
At the age of 19, Hatton entered the world of professional
boxing. Since that time, he has shown the world just how well a
British boxer can do. He has ultimately brought new acclaim to the
sport in his home country and gathered a fan following around the
world. Although Hatton may retire in the near future, for now he is
still a top contender in the world of boxing.
Although Hatton did not follow in the path of his football
playing father and grandfather, he remained a passionate supporter
of the Manchester Football Club. In fact, his entrance music into
the ring is the club's theme song, "Blue Moon". Hatton attends
every game he can when not training for upcoming fights. He is also
good friends with several professional football players, like Wayne
Rooney, who have been seen carrying Ricky Hatton's belt into the
Join Ricky as he recalls tales from his glittering career in Wolverhampion this summer.
Join the Sunday Times on May 28 for a question and answer session with former professional boxer Ricky Hatton, in conversation with Matthew Syed.
Join Ricky for a Las Vegas-themed party to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his victory over Kostya Tsyzu.
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