By Davy Trengove – Vintage Ricky Hatton, my favourite British boxer of all time and looking back, i’m glad I got to attend some of his fights.
In his prime, he was as good as anyone at working the body, his tenacity and his caution to the wind style of fighting was so exciting to watch.
A former world champion and without doubt a world level fighter who cleaned up domestically, had numerous world title bouts and even contested at an elite level facing Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao respectively becoming a world wide household name in the process.
Who knows, maybe if fitness was his God and if he lived the completely clean living lifestyle he possibly could’ve been even better? But it was his yo-yo dieting and partying antics outside the ring that made him who he was and that’s the main reason why he was adored by millions. Joe Public could relate to him because he liked a laugh, he loved a night out and was an average Joe who could fill arenas as soon as tickets were released.
When you look at the transformation of his physique during camp, it was amazing and it’s been said that Hatton lost over 70 stone throughout his career and in fight camps, he would often lose around 4 stone for each fight. The drinking Guinness and the traditional full English breakfast on the morning of a fight became the ritual and fans could relate to his background story. The normal lad who came from a working class family and conquered the world scene and in the meantime he was taking his army of fans across the globe wherever he went. Tens of thousands followed him to his fights in America and for a British fighter, his fan base was second to none.
There is no British boxer in history that has had a fan base like it.
THERE’S ONLY ONE RICKY HATTON.