According to a story on ProBoxingInsider.com, Ricky Hatton made his return to the spotlight Saturday when he took to the stage doing his best Robbie Williams impersonation.
Recently retired, Hatton performed 'Let Me Entertain You' during the BBC1 fundraising event Let's Dance For Comic Relief. Three months after suffering a knockout loss in his final fight, it was a surprising for many to see Hatton tackle a different role. In addition to Ricky Hatton, Dean Gaffney and Tim Vine also performed on the show.
Hatton, who was wearing attire inspired by Kiss for his number, admitted that he was a little worried the endeavor may damage the tough guy persona that he has spent years in the boxing ring cultivating.
“Morning.dance day.please don’t take the piss tommorow.ha ha,” he said via Twitter.
If he was worried, it didn't show while he was on stage. He started off in a boxing robe before quickly exposing the special outfit and launching into his routine. If he was worried about how his performance would be received, any concerns were quickly answered.
It was certainly a performance that was well received by those in attendance. The butt shaking, bare chested Hatton had spectators and judges alike dancing along with him.
Ricky Hatton retired as one of the most popular boxers in the history of the United Kingdom. His last fight was his first back as part of an unsuccessful comeback attempt. In that fight, he suffered a knockout loss in the ninth round at the hands of Vyacheslav Senchenko. Following that disappointing result, he elected to once again hang up the gloves.
He retires for the second time with a record of 45-3. He most famously came up short in a pair of attempts against the biggest names in boxing, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.