Manchester boxing legend, Ricky Hatton, is set to mark the 10th anniversary of his World Title fight with a Las Vegas-themed bash.
The champion welterweight will host a special party at The Victoria Warehouse on Saturday, 13 June, in aid of two charities – Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention and Barnabus.
Headlined by Black Grape, fronted by Shaun Ryder, ‘Hatton 10 Years’ will pay homage to Hatton’s victory over Kostya Tszyu in 2005 with a night of celebration, featuring performances from some of the city’s most well-known tribute acts, such as The Oasis Experience, and DJ sets from Bez and Rowetta.
The Hattersley-born boxer is now calling on local people to get behind the event and support his chosen charities to raise vital funds.
Ricky, who is patron of both charities, said: “I couldn’t let the 10-year anniversary go by without a party, as this fight was a career-changing event for me. The whole evening will be a chance to celebrate all things Manchester, so we’ll be paying tribute to the city’s music scene and, of course, we’re raising money for two very important charities.
“I’m confident that my fantastic supporters will do me proud on the night and show up to party in style with us!”
Based at the Nightingale and Genesis Prevention Centre at the University Hospital of Manchester, Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention is the UK’s only charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. Genesis’ researchers work tirelessly to find new ways to create a breast cancer free future, through gene research, early detection and screening, preventative drugs and lifestyle changes.
Nikki Barraclough, executive director at Genesis, said: “We’re thrilled and honoured to have been chosen as one of Ricky’s charities for this event. He has shown us immense support over the years and we’re extremely grateful to be a part of his big night.
“We’re looking forward to meeting his fans and celebrating with him!”
Barnabus is a Christian homeless charity and offers a lifeline to around 600 visiting homeless and vulnerable people every week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health needs. Barnabus provides transforming support through its city centre drop-in, support workers and collaborative projects to help release some of the most socially and excluded people in our society from poverty and the affects of homelessness.
All funds raised from ticket sales will be split equally between Genesis and Barnabus.
Hatton 10 Years takes place at The Victoria Warehouse on 13 June from 8pm until 4am. Tickets are priced from £22.50 and can be purchased via www.hattonboxing.com