Former World Champion, Ricky Hatton MBE, has been announced as one of the inductees to be added to the City of Champions Hall of Fame 2019.

Hatton first turned professional in 1997 after a stellar amateur career. He won the British light-welterweight title in 2001 after a tremendous fight with Jon Thaxton. He then went on to win the WBU light-welterweight title, before his career defining fight with legendary former champion Kostya Tszyu on 4th June 2005 for the IBF and Ring Magazine light-welterweight titles.

In 2005, Ricky was named Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year, the only boxer from the U.K. to be so honoured, and in 2007 he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to professional boxing.

Ricky Hatton is undoubtedly the most compelling British boxer of his generation, and his induction into the City of Champions Hall of Fame will celebrate one of the most remarkable careers in British sport.

Generally considered to be the people’s champion, Ricky has since enjoyed success as a boxing promoter and trainer, and he gives back to the community through his work as Patron of charities Prevent Breast Cancer and Barnabus, a Manchester-based homeless charity.

The City of Champions gala dinner is a star-studded event that aims to acknowledge and celebrate the success of people in the areas of sport, education and business, who are giving back to the next generation of champions.

RICKY HATTON V PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, THE MGM GRAND HOTEL AND CASINO IN LAS VEGAS.
21ST NOVEMBER 2008..
PICTURE BY MARK ROBINSON…
HATTON WITH BELTS AT THE END

Ricky will be the third and final individual to be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame, the first being England Women’s Football Captain Stephanie Houghton and second being CEO of social-first marketing agency, Social Chain and award winning entrepreneur, Steven Bartlett. Ricky will stand alongside previous inductees including Beth Tweddle MBE, Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, Rio Ferdinand, Tracey Neville MBE and Sir Chris Hoy.

Organised by Olympian Diane Modahl MBE, the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, (DMSF) and Manchester City Council, the evening offers local businesses the chance to rub shoulders and dine with sportsmen and women from a number of fields. The North West-based charity champions young people from disadvantaged areas in the region and aims to help empower them in all areas of life.

Commenting on his induction, Ricky said: Being recognised for things I’ve done outside of the ring as well as in it makes me very proud, and to be recognised in my hometown of Manchester is the icing on the cake.”

Co-founder and CEO of DMSF, Diane Modahl, also commented: Congratulations Ricky on your induction into the City of Champions Hall of Fame. Boxing is a sport very close to my heart having grown up in a family of professional boxers.

“Ricky is a sporting legend and one of boxing’s true superstars; he has appeared at the highest level on the world stage and he has won world championships involving some of the most nerve wrecking and exciting matches broadcast on TV. Now, as a trainer and promoter, Ricky is an advocate for hard work and proper passing of knowledge. He developed real life skills by overcoming personal challenges, and his dedication, understanding, respect and authenticity makes him an ideal role model for young people.”

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “The City of Champions ceremony is a night where we celebrate some of the many inspirational figures who have emerged from our diverse and vibrant city in sports, the arts and in business.  As we continue to invest in world-class sport and leisure facilities to give Manchester residents the opportunity to pursue their dreams, we also pay tribute to the individuals who stand out as champions for our young people to look to as examples that anything is possible.”

Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester said:I’m extremely proud that the city of Manchester are to induct Stephanie Houghton MBE, Steven Bartlett and Ricky Hatton MBE into the City of Champions Hall of Fame.  This event recognises and celebrates those individuals whose impact across Greater Manchester has shaped not only our way of lives, but globally.  More importantly their success have provided opportunities that drive not only this wonderful city forward, but their generosity to give back will continue to support the next generation.

“It’s also important to recognise individuals who are just starting on their own journeys, a generation of emerging champions who are coming through and seeking their own opportunity to make a difference.

The Gala Dinner will be a winner on both fronts – for those at the very top of their fields and those who are just waiting for their chance to be seen and heard.” 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 City of Champions Gala Dinner, which will take place on Thursday 31 October, 6.30pm at The Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. The event will be hosted by BBC broadcaster Will Perry, who is returning for a second year.

The Gala Dinner is an important fundraiser for the official charity partner the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF). The proceeds will directly support young people and their families. DMSF work within the top 20% areas of deprivation, using sport as a vehicle change to build character and develop behaviours that are ultimately transferable throughout their whole lives.

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